The Legal Intelligencer 12-26-2000
U.S. Courthouse Correspondent
Judge Anita B. Brody approved a $7.3 million settlement in a class action
suit against a national chain of schools for ultrasound medical technicians
brought by students who said the programs were a “sham” that
failed to meet even minimal standards.
In Cullen v. Whitman Medical Corp., Brody said the settlement was “the
largest recovery ever obtained against a trade school in a reported class
action brought by students.”
In the same opinion, Brody awarded fees of more than $2.3 million to the
team of plaintiffs’ lawyers – Ruben Honik of Golomb &
Honik; Howard Langer and Kay E. Sickles of Sandals Langer & Taylor;
and Roberta D. Liebenberg of Fine Kaplan & Black.
In the suit, the former students of the Ultrasound Diagnostic Schools claimed
that they were the victims of a fraud scheme in which school officials
misrepresented the nature of the ultrasound program and failed to provide
the education represented.