Ph.D. student seeks more than $2 million from Capella University over fraud allegations

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jan 9, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – A Ph.D. student residing in Texas is seeking more than $2 million in damages over allegations a Minneapolis university deceived and defrauded him.

MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) – A Ph.D. student residing in Texas is seeking more than $2 million in damages over allegations a Minneapolis university deceived and defrauded him.

Aric W. Hall filed a complaint on Jan. 4 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota against Capella University alleging fraud and fraudulent misrepresentation and false advertising.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff enrolled in the defendant's Ph.D. program and paid $120,000. He alleges that the defendant "intentionally and constructively barred plaintiff from completing the degree requirements" and that he was assigned a dissertation adviser who would not work with him.

The plaintiff holds Capella University responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to refund plaintiff for tuition paid for terms he was supposedly disenrolled, and intentionally barred plaintiff from completing his degree requirements.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendants for equitable and injunctive relief, allowance to complete his dissertation, award of compensatory damages more than $2 million and all costs entitled to plaintiff. He is representing himself.

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota case number 0:18-cv-00027

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