Legal Work

Veterans Education Success advocates for military-connected students who have been defrauded by their college - through negotiations, such as when we helped veterans at Stanford University get their full housing allowance, and through legal action to protect the rights of our students. 

We also work with corporate whistleblowers and federal and state law enforcement.  We cannot share most of our legal work, because most of it is confidential, but we can share our public filings:  

Submissions to Accreditors

Veterans Education Success hopes college accreditors will take seriously student veteran complaints as well as whistleblower concerns.

VES Legal Briefs

Veterans Education Success fights for the rights of military-connected students.

For example, we fought for veterans defrauded by ITT Tech.  We worked closely with an ITT Tech executive who agreed to become a whistleblower, and we engaged federal law enforcement on the matter.  After ITT Tech declared bankruptcy, we helped several hundred students file individual claims with the Court.  We also supported lawyers at Harvard Law School's Project on Predatory Student Lending, who represent a class of all 750,000 former ITT Tech students (including veterans) who attended in the last 10 years:

  • ITT Class Action Settlement: US Court awards financial recompense to ITT students (Jan. 2018) (click here)

  • ITT Tech Student Class Appeal (Jan. 2017) (click here)

  • VES President Carrie Wofford's Affidavit (click here)

  • US Securities & Exchange Commission rejects settlement terms for ITT Tech Executives who defrauded investors (Aug. 2017) (click here)

  • US Education Department IPEDS data on ITT Tech’s tuition and spending on instruction in 2014 (here)

Veterans Education Success has signed on to several amici curiae ("friend of the court") briefs to protect the rights of students, including:

  • To protect the Gainful Employment rule at the US Department of Education that weeds out the worst performing career college programs:

    • March 2018 (click here);

    • March 2015 (click here); and

    • November 2015 (click here)

Veterans Education Success filed an amicus brief regarding the importance to veterans of receiving accurate information regarding Public Service Loan Forgiveness in a case against Great Lakes Higher Education student loan company for misrepresentations to students about Public Service Loan Forgiveness:

  • VES’ amicus brief (Dec. 10, 2018) (click here)

Veterans Education Success also serves as a solo amicus in a case regarding the rights of whistleblowers under the federal False Claims Act: 

  • US Supreme Court’s denial of Stephens Institute’s petition for higher review (SCt) (April 2, 2019) (here)

  • Stephens Institute’s petition for higher review (Dec. 2, 2018) (click here)

  • 9th Circuit Court’s denial of petition for rehearing and rehearing en banc (makes the decision final) (Nov. 26, 2018) (click here)

  • Relators’ response to the petition for rehearing en banc (Nov. 2018) (click here)

  • Court recognition of VES' amicus curiae filing (Oct. 2017) (click here)

  • Stephens Institute's Reply Brief (Sept. 2017) (click here)

  • Motion for permission to file amicus brief (Aug. 9, 2017) (click here)

  • Amicus brief filed with the 9th Circuit (Aug. 7, 2017) (click here)

VES Legal Memos

Piercing the Veil of Covert For-Profit Colleges (June 2018) (click here)

VES FOIA Requests

We file Freedom of Information Act requests to government agencies to help expose important facts to protect veterans, servicemembers, and military families.

  • FOIA response from US Federal Trade Commission regarding the names of schools that paid for fake military websites (April 5, 2019) (here)

  • VA’s response to FOIA request for documents regarding any school recruiting activities referred for review by VA to FTC under an MOU between the agencies, pursuant to 38 USC 3696 (Nov. 14, 2018) (click here)

  • FOIA response from Ft. Polk (Nov. 2018) (click here)

  • FOIA request to the US Federal Trade Commission regarding the colleges that participated in fake military websites (Nov. 28, 2018) (click here)

  • FOIA response from California Department of Veterans Affairs showing US Department of Veterans Affairs employees who have a conflict of interest because they are also on payroll at Ashford University (April 4, 2018) (click here)