Former nursing students win lawsuit

Former nursing students at Virginia Western Community College won a lawsuit claiming they were defrauded when the college hid its loss of national nursing accreditation, reports the Roanoke News.

After a nine-day trial and four and a half hours of deliberation, the seven-member jury awarded each of the 16 former students $47,000 on the issue of fraud. Each of the students was also awarded $6,800 for breach of contract, except for one who received $11,500.

The case was first filed in December 2007, when 59 current and former nursing students sued the college and state for about $23 million. The college lost its conditional accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission in June, 2006, but continued to claim accreditation in its handbook, web site and other literature.

POSTED BY Joanne Jacobs ON July 7, 2011

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