Welcome to the Information Website for Surrett v. Western Culinary Institute

If you were a former student who enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu Portland on or after March 5, 2006, up to and including March 1, 2010, you may be affected by recent rulings in a class action lawsuit.

This website is to inform you that your legal rights may be affected by a settlement of the claims brought in this class action lawsuit in Multnomah County Circuit Court. The case is brought on behalf of certain former students of Western Culinary Institute, which was renamed Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Portland. The school will be referred to in this website as "Le Cordon Bleu Portland."

The purpose of this website is to advise you about a proposed settlement of this lawsuit (the “Settlement”) and how you are affected by the Settlement. The website will explain the steps you must take if you want to receive compensation from the Settlement, exclude yourself from the Settlement, or object to the Settlement. It provides important deadlines for doing so. This website also discusses how this Settlement affects any loans you have for attending Western Culinary Institute.


Your Legal Rights and Options in this Settlement
FILE A CLAIM FOR PAYMENT To be eligible for compensation, the Claim Form and Release must be completed, signed, and received by the Claims Administrator no later than 12:00 midnight on June 7, 2018.
OPT OUT AND EXCLUDE YOURSELF By excluding yourself, you will give up any right to receive compensation from this Settlement. You must send in your exclusion request so that it is received by May 8, 2018. Exclusion requests postmarked on or before that deadline but received after that deadline will not be accepted.
OBJECT Your objection and all supporting documents must be filed with the Clerk of the Court and delivered to Class Counsel and Defendants’ Counsel no later than the objection deadline of May 8, 2018.
GO TO A HEARING A Final Approval Hearing will be held on June 8, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at the Multnomah County Circuit Court, 1021 SW 4th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204, to consider the final approval of this proposed Settlement. You are not required to attend this hearing but are welcome to.
DO NOTHING If you do nothing, you will be part of the class, and all or part of your potential claims against Defendants will be determined in this class action lawsuit.