In February 2018, a state court judge preliminarily approved
a settlement agreement that would resolve a false advertising class-action lawsuit filed against culinary school Le Cordon Bleu in 2008. The complaint alleges that Le Cordon Bleu represents that it prepares students to become chefs or own restaurants when, according to the plaintiffs, the school teaches students basic skills for entry-level positions and most graduates get minimum wage jobs that do not require a degree, such as bartenders and dishwashers. According to the settlement terms
, the school agreed to refund each class member 44% of the total amount they paid to Le Cordon Bleu, including money paid toward tuition and books. A final fairness hearing is scheduled for June 8, 2018. For more information, go to https://lecordonbleuportlandlawsuit.com/
. (Surrett et al v. Western Culinary Institute, Ltd; Le Cordon Bleu North America, Inc.; and Career Education Corp.
, Case No. 0803-03530, Circuit Court for the State of Oregon – Multnomah County)