Texas company must pay $400,000 for scamming high school students out of class trip

By Marian Johns | Dec 3, 2018

PHOENIX — The state of Arizona has obtained a more than $400,000 judgment against Texas-based EB Worldwide LLC for taking money from high school students for a Disneyland senior class trip and then canceling the trip without a warning or refund.

According to the Arizona Attorney General's Office, which filed a lawsuit against EB operating as "Senior Grad Trips" in July, the company left Cienega High School seniors stranded as they waited for a scheduled tour bus for a trip to Disneyland.  EB did not give the students or parents any notice and refused to return the $40,000 it had collected from the high school students, the Attorney General's Office said. 

“Scams of this magnitude are particularly despicable,” Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in a statement.  “Consumers who are looking forward to a vacation can be highly susceptible to deceptive business practices because they may not know what signs to look for or what questions to ask.”

The default judgment obtained by Brnovich's office gives the students $40,000 in restitution, a total of $400,000 in civil penalties and $11,000 for attorney fees, according to the Attorney General's Office.  In addition, EB is banned from any future marketing of vacation or group packages in the state, Brnovich's office said. 

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