Judge Turns Down For-Profit Educator’s Efforts to Dismiss Whistleblowers From Lawsuit

Education Management Corp.’s efforts to dismiss two whistleblowers from a multibillion-dollar lawsuit were turned down by a federal judge on Wednesday, June 18th. EDMC argued that the whistleblowers only initiated accusations due to reading articles about concerns regarding for-profit colleges and that wouldn’t entitle someone to whistleblower status.

The two whistleblowers, Washington and Mahoney, alleged that EDMC based recruiter raises off of the number of students the recruiter enrolled. This violation would implicate $11 billion in federal payments; federal payments designed to reduce the number of misplaced students receiving aid. EDMC maintains that enrollments were only one factor influencing pay of recruiters.

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