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Detmer, et al. v. La’James College of Hairstyling, et al, LACL147597 (Polk County, Iowa)

A class action has been certified in the District Court for Polk County, Iowa, entitled Detmer, et al. v. La’James College of Hairstyling, et al, LACL147597 (Polk County, Iowa).  The class action alleges that La’James engaged in fraudulent or misleading behavior with respect to financial aid compensation owed to students of La’James. The class action seeks to recover damages for those students of La’James who did not timely receive their student financial aid from March 20, 2018, to the present.    The class is defined as follows:

All persons who were enrolled or remain enrolled at any Iowa campus of La’James who were awarded financial aid and provided with a financial aid disbursement schedule, and whose financial aid disbursements were not made in accordance with that schedule, either due to a delay in disbursement by La’James, or their failure to disburse, financial aid.  The class is limited to those persons who have not received their final credit balance payment, who are still owed a balance that should have been paid to them, or who received their credit balance after a delay, after March 20, 2018.

Who is representing the class members?  The class is represented by the law firm of Wandro & Associates, P.C., 2501 Grand Ave. Ste. B, Des Moines, IA, 50312; (515)-281-1475 and the National Student Legal Defense Network, 1015 15th St. NW, Ste. 600, Washington D.C., 20005; (202)-734-7495. 

Does it cost anything to participate in the class action?  No. In this action the attorneys for the class plaintiffs have agreed to advance all costs associated with the class action.  There is no financial cost to an individual participating in the class action.  Upon judgment or settlement, the attorneys may recover the costs advanced during litigation.  In the event the class action is unsuccessful, the attorneys will not seek reimbursement for costs from the class members.

Do I need to take immediate any immediate action to protect my claim?  No, action is necessary at this time.  When the class action is resolved class members will receive a notice and claim form that contains the details of any settlement or judgment and what you need to do in order to be entitled to compensation, if any. 

Am I entitled to any financial compensation at this time?  No.  The District Court has certified the class, which means that the case will move forward on behalf of all class members such as yourself.  However, the attorneys and class representatives for the Class still have the burden of proving their case on behalf of the class.  If they are successful, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

What is the status of the case at this time?  LaJames appealed the District Court’s decision to certify this case as a class action on February 17, 2021.  The appeal is still pending.  Wandro & Associates are confident that the Court of Appeals will uphold the decision to certify the class.  

What if I have additional questions? Any inquiries regarding this notice, or the class action in general, may be directed to: Wandro & Associates, P.C., 2501 Grand Ave. Ste. B, Des Moines, IA, 50312; (515)-281-1475.