Student files class action against Temple University over ranking of online MBA program

By Louie Torres | Feb 16, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – A New Jersey man alleges a Philadelphia-headquartered university engaged in fraudulent and deceptive business practices regarding an online program.

PHILADELPHIA – A New Jersey man alleges a Philadelphia-headquartered university engaged in fraudulent and deceptive business practices regarding an online program.

Kyle Smith filed a complaint on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated on Feb. 12 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Temple University citing the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff enrolled in the defendant's Fox Online MBA program for the spring 2017 semester and has completed 30 credits of study. The suit states the defendant's online MBA program was ranked No. 1 by U.S. News from 2015 to 2018, but in January the program was removed from the list over allegations the defendant had misreported data used to calculate the list.

He alleges he was damaged because he and class members paid a premium to attend a top-ranked online MBA program and did not get what they bargained for.

The plaintiff seeks all damages, court costs, interest and any further relief the court grants. He is represented by Jason T. Brown of JTB Law Group LLC in Jersey City, New Jersey and Steven Bennett Blau of Blau, Leonard Law Group LLC in Huntington, New York.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 2:18-cv-00590-PBT

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