La’James students can file complaints with AG

By BILL SHEA

bshea@messengernews.net

Students and alumni of La’James International College can voice their concerns with the school to lawyers in the office of Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, who has filed a lawsuit charging the Fort Dodge based cosmetology academy with consumer fraud.

”If current or former students believe they have a complaint about representations that were made or services delivered, they’re welcome to share those with us,” Geoff Greenwood, a spokesman for Miller, said Thursday.

He said the attorney general’s office can be contacted by email or telephone. Individuals can also make contract by completing a form on the office’s web site.

On Aug. 28, Miller filed a complaint in Polk County District Court accusing La’James International College of violating the Iowa Consumer Fraud Act by:

– Providing an understaffed, chaotic educational environment,

– Treating students like employees,

– Failing to disclose important information to prospective students and

– Charging unfair and deceptive late program completion fees.

Miller is asking a judge to order the school to stop those activities and give the affected students their money back. The attorney general is also asking for a $40,000 fine for every violation of the Iowa Consumer Fraud Act.

La’James International College is also being sued in Webster County District Court by a former student, Samantha Sloan, and her mother, JoEllen Sloan, both of Colfax. In their lawsuit, the Sloans are accusing the school of breach of contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, negligent misrepresentation and fraudulent misrepresentation.

A phone call seeking comment from Amber Sturtz, the administrator at the college’s Fort Dodge campus, wasn’t returned Thursday.

In addition to its Fort Dodge headquarters, the school has Iowa campuses in Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Johnston and Iowa City and additional campuses in East Moline, Illinois, and Fremont, Nebraska.