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Report: Harris continues probe of San Diego company's for-profit, online colleges

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jul 25, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) -- California Attorney General Kamala Harris asked a state court this week to enforce a previous subpoena for information from a San Diego company about its two for-profit, online colleges.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Harris filed a motion in a superior court in Sacramento Wednesday to obtain potential evidence about Bridgepoint Education and its two colleges, Ashford University in Iowa and the University of the Rockies in Colorado.

The attorney general is seeking information about the company's telemarketing, enrollment and financial practices, according to the newspaper.

The company was originally served in January.

However, it has turned over a small portion of the materials requested, Harris said in her filing this week, the Times reported.

According to the filing, the goal of the investigation is to evaluate "whether Bridgepoint has violated California law by making false or misleading statements to Californians during telephone calls, including telemarketing calls, and through other sales and marketing efforts."

Bridgepoint counters that it would be "unduly burdensome" to comply with the attorney general's request and would invade students' privacy.

Other attorneys general -- most notably, Kentucky's Jack Conway -- have targeted the for-profit college industry in recent years.

From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by email at jessica@legalnewsline.com.

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