Case No. 2018-CH-04872 (Cir. Ct. Cook Cty.)
DeVry University Settlement
Important Update August 11, 2022: The Appellate Court has affirmed the final approval order in all respects. The Settlement Administrator is finalizing settlement payments to be mailed. An estimated mailing date will be posted as soon as possible
Important Update as of February 28, 2022: The appeal is no longer stayed. The Parties are awaiting the scheduling of oral argument before the Appellate Court or a ruling from the Court on the pending appeal.
Important Update January 6, 2022: The appeal has been stayed. More details can be found under the Documents Section of this website.
Following a hearing on October 7, 2020, the Court issued an order finally approving the class settlement. However, Jose David Valderrama and Richardo Peart, objectors to the class settlement, subsequently filed notices appealing several of the Court’s prior rulings in the case. While the appeal is pending, no settlement checks can be issued to the class members that have filed valid claims. The parties do not know how or when the court of appeals will rule on the appeal. We will update this website as soon as additional information becomes available.
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If You Saw DeVry University’s Advertisements About Their Graduates’ Employment and Salary Outcomes and Subsequently Enrolled in a DeVry University or Keller Graduate School of Management Education Program, You May Be Entitled to a Payment From a Class Action Settlement.
A court authorized the Notice and this website. You are not being sued. This is not a solicitation from a lawyer.
A Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit claiming that Defendants Adtalem Global Education Group Inc. and DeVry University, Inc. (collectively, “DeVry”) fraudulently advertised that 90% of their graduates or graduates of Keller Graduate School of Management were employed in their fields of study within six months of graduation and that, on average, DeVry graduates earned 15% more income one year after graduation than graduates of other institutions. Plaintiffs claim that students relied on these misrepresentations to enroll and pay more than they otherwise would have. DeVry denies that the advertisements were fraudulent or misleading, or that it violated any law, but has agreed to the Settlement to avoid the risk and expense associated with continuing litigation.
You are included in the Settlement if you are a person in the United States who purchased or otherwise paid for any part of a DeVry or Keller education program between January 1, 2008 and December 15, 2016. To be eligible for monetary relief under the Settlement, persons of the Settlement Class must attest, among other things, that they saw or otherwise were presented with DeVry’s or Keller’s 90% Placement Claim and/or DeVry’s Higher Income Claim and also attest that either advertisement was a substantial factor in their decision to enroll or remain enrolled in DeVry or Keller.
Persons included in the Settlement will be eligible receive a pro rata (meaning equal) share of the $44,950,000 Settlement Fund (after first deducting graduate payments, costs to administer the Settlement, attorneys’ fees and costs, and an award to the Settlement Class Representatives) based on the number of credits that you paid for. If you graduated from DeVry’s associate’s or bachelor’s degree program or Keller’s master’s degree program, but did not obtain a job in your field of study within six months, you will be entitled to an additional payment of $500 if you obtained an associate’s degree, $1,000 if you obtained a bachelor’s degree, or $500 if you obtained a master’s degree. If you previously received settlement payments or debt forgiveness from DeVry settlements or through the government, those amounts will be deducted from any payment that you may otherwise be entitled to under this Settlement. DeVry has also agreed to provide certain career counseling services to class members who graduated from DeVry but did not obtain a job in their field within six months of graduation. DeVry will also request that all major U.S. credit agencies remove any negative credit events on your credit report that DeVry reported from January 1, 2008 to December 15, 2016 in connection with accounts receivable and/or loans it issued to you or amounts you might owe to DeVry.
Read the Notice carefully. Your legal rights are affected whether you act or don’t act.
|YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS SETTLEMENT|
|SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM||This is the only way to receive a payment.|
|EXCLUDE YOURSELF ||You will receive no benefits from the Settlement, but you will retain any rights you currently have to sue DeVry about the claims in this case.|
|OBJECT||Write to the Court explaining why you don’t like the Settlement.|
|GO TO THE HEARING||Ask to speak in Court about your opinion of the Settlement.|
|DO NOTHING ||You won’t get a Settlement payment, but may be eligible for career counseling, and the deletion of any negative credit events from your credit report that DeVry reported.|
Your rights and options—and the deadlines to exercise them—are explained in the Notice.