The law firms of Gallo LLP and Yankwitt LLP announce their filing of a
class action on July 10, 2014 on behalf of current and former students
of the International Culinary Center ("ICC"), formerly known as the
French Culinary Institute. The class action is brought on behalf of
students who attended either of ICC's campuses, located in Manhattan, NY
and Campbell, CA, and enrolled in any of the school's "Culinary Chef" or
"Pastry Chef" programs. The case, filed in the federal court for the
Southern District of New York, is titled Larry Grabovan et al. v.
International Culinary Center et al., Case No. 14 CV 5147.
Current or former ICC students who wish to learn more about the action,
or about how to participate in the litigation, should visit the website
maintained by plaintiffs' counsel at www.icclawsuit.com.
Background on the ICC Litigation
The action charges that ICC misled students into paying $45,000 or more
for 6 to 9 month non- degree-granting programs. The complaint alleges
that students agreed to pay these fees based on ICC's advertising and on
alleged statements by ICC's admissions personnel that ICC was worth the
high price tag because, upon graduating, students would obtain jobs as
Chefs, or other "top culinary jobs," that would pay good salaries and
allow them to avoid years of working in entry-level "cook" positions.
The phrase "Become a Chef in 6 months" allegedly appeare frequently in
ICC advertisements and other materials. Based on these promises, the two
named plaintiffs, combined, borrowed nearly $100,000 to pay for their
Upon graduating, the plaintiffs allegedly learned that their degree
enabled them to obtain only the sorts of low-paying entry-level
positions that ICC had promised them they could avoid-positions that
they could have obtained without paying for an ICC diploma (or any other
schooling). Contrary to ICC's alleged misrepresentations, the plaintiffs
discovered that an ICC education does not offer any shortcut to the
"Chef" position, nor an accelerated career path, any more than other
culinary schools with fewer celebrity endorsements. But it does cost a
The class action seeks to recover, among other damages, a return of all
money students paid or borrowed to fund their ICC education, for which
they received degrees of allegedly minimal to no economic value, as well
as student loan fees and interest.
The case is championed by lawyers who have had significant success
litigating cases for culinary students. In the last few years, Gallo LLP
has recovered more than $100,000,000 in cash and debt relief for former
students. This includes a $40,000,000 class action settlement for former
culinary students in Amador et al. v. California Culinary Academy et
al., Case No. CGC-07-467710 (S.F. Superior Court). Gallo LLP also
has represented approximately 1,400 former students alleging fraudulent
sales and marketing practices in Vasquez et al. v. California School
of Culinary Arts, Inc., Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC393129.
Most of those cases are ongoing in Los Angeles.
About the Attorneys
Gallo LLP is a California-based commercial and consumer law firm with
offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. It has been
litigating large-scale fraud cases against for-profit culinary and other
vocational schools since 2007. The firm's website at www.gallo-law.com
includes numerous warm testimonials and endorsements from clients and
former adversaries alike. Ray Gallo's winning percentage at trial
exceeds 85%. He has been rated "AV" (preeminent) by Martindale Hubbell
Yankwitt LLP is a sophisticated New York litigation firm specializing in
complex, federal litigation. Located steps from the federal courthouse
in Westchester, Yankwitt LLP has extensive experience litigating in the
Southern District of New York. All of its New York lawyers at Yankwitt
LLP have served as federal prosecutors and/or clerked for federal
judges, and utilize their consummate knowledge of the New York federal
courts to represent clients successfully in all types of litigation. The
firm's website is www.yankwitt.com.
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