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LAWSUIT FILED IN NEW YORK
AGAINST THE THOMSON CORP. AND WEST PUBLISHING COMPANY
FOR DECEPTIVE BUSINESS PRACTICES AND FRAUD
BY THEIR BAR/BRI BAR REVIEW SUBSIDIARY
Haines Falls, New York, July 24,
2007 -- A class-action lawsuit has been filed in New York against The Thomson
Corp. and West Publishing Corp., owners and operators of BAR/BRI, the
nation’s largest bar review course.
The class action, currently pending in the United States District Court for the North District of New York, alleges that BAR/BRI used false advertising to dupe New York law students into paying inflated prices and purchasing unnecessary bar review products and that BAR/BRI eliminated competition in the New York bar review business. The class action alleges that BAR/BRI’s actions constitute violations of the New York consumer protection law and the New York law prohibiting fraudulent inducement.
The Plaintiffs, Jeffrey Provenzano, Thomas Benjamin and Monica Agosto, all graduates of Albany Law School who purchased the BAR/BRI full New York bar review course, seek monetary damages for themselves and the members of the New York class defined in their lawsuit. The Plaintiffs also seek a permanent injunction preventing BAR/BRI from continuing its wrongful practices.
The Plaintiffs are represented by attorney Robert L. Arleo, a sole practitioner from Haines Falls, New York, who specializes in class actions. Arleo, who has previously taught at New York University, CUNY Law School and Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, also operated a bar review business in New York during the 1990's wherein he personally tutored hundreds of persons on how to pass the New York State Bar Examination.
“It is time that BAR/BRI stops ripping off law
students. I find it incredible that the attorneys in charge of operating BAR/BRI
prey upon persons who hope to attain the position of attorney by passing the New
York Bar Exam, arguably the most difficult in the Country.”
Arleo is also concerned with the announced $17 billion purchase of Reuters by The Thomson Corp. “I believe it is dangerous to have foreign corporations controlling rogue companies who exercise power over the American judicial system.”
Arleo has written to the deans of the various New York law schools advising each that he will be seeking information regarding the manner in which BAR/BRI gains access to the various law schools in order to promote its products. Arleo believes that BAR/BRI may have offered improper consideration to those persons charged with operating the various New York law schools in order to gain access. Arleo may be contacted at his law office, (518) 589-5264.
Thomson and West are represented by the New York City law firm Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke, LLP.