Chestnut Hill private school garners default judgment in case related to student's outstanding costs

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 7, 2018

PHILADELPHIA – Court records state a default judgment has been issued in a lawsuit concerning a Pre-K – Grade 12 prep school in Philadelphia, and its efforts to recoup unpaid tuition and other outstanding costs relating to one of its students.

PHILADELPHIA – Court records state a default judgment has been issued in a lawsuit concerning a Pre-K – Grade 12 prep school in Philadelphia, and its efforts to recoup unpaid tuition and other outstanding costs relating to one of its students.

Per a praecipe for entry of default judgment filed by plaintiff counsel Andrew Sklar on Sept. 28, it said that defendant Sharon D. Parker failed to file an answer to the litigation in the legally-required time period – and that she was liable for payment of costs totaling $14,148.60.

Springside Chestnut Hill Corporation (doing business as “Springside Chestnut Hill Academy” and “SCH Academy”) of Philadelphia filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on July 20, 2017 versus Parker, also of Philadelphia.

On July 28, 2015, Parker executed an online contract from SCH Academy relating to tuition for Christopher Bruce Collins for the 2015-2016 school year, under which she selected an option to pay costs on a monthly basis under the FACTS plan. However, SCH Academy says Parker did not complete an online enrollment application form for the FACTS program.

While racking up a number of fees in regards to tuition and other educational expenses, payment from Parker eventually stopped on the account, according to the litigation. Pursuant to the terms and conditions of enrollment, SCH Academy claimed Parker owed it outstanding payments for tuition costs, attorney’s fees, collection costs and court costs.

Prior to default judgment and for breach of contract, the plaintiff was seeking damages of $10,175.88 plus interest at a rate of one percent per year from June 21, 2016, reasonable attorney’s fees of $1,428.75, collection costs of $2,543.97 and the costs of this action.

The plaintiffs were represented by Derek C. Blasker and Sklar of Sklar Law, in Voorhees, N.J.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 170702007

From the Pennsylvania Record: Reach Courts Reporter Nicholas Malfitano at nickpennrecord@gmail.com

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