Whistleblower Awarded Nearly $1 Million after Exposing Globe University
February 19th, 2014
Weber was fired after bringing evidence to members of the executive leadership at Globe about illegal and deceptive claims being made by the school in its student recruitment advertising materials.
A Minnesota district court judge ruled that the for-profit Globe University must pay more than $500,000 in attorneys’ fees and related costs to Heidi Weber and her legal team, who brought a successful whistleblower lawsuit against the school.
Add in the $395,000 in damages awarded Weber by the jury when the case went to trial August 2013, plus additional pre-judgment interest charges in excess of $70,000, and the total amount due Weber and her law firm, Halunen Law, from Globe University now approaches $1 million.
Weber was fired after bringing evidence to members of the executive leadership at Globe about illegal and deceptive claims being made by the school in its student recruitment advertising materials and by school personnel paid to recruit students into the Medical Assisting Program.
“Justice was upheld,” says Clayton Halunen, an attorney with Halunen Law. “The judge affirmed the jury’s conclusion that our client was fired for doing the right thing by standing up against illegal advertising and recruiting practices. I don’t know what more we could ask for.”
“We are very pleased that the court supports the verdict of the jury in this case,” says Ross Stadheim, also an attorney at Halunen Law. “We’ve believed all along that our client, Heidi Weber, was irrefutably harmed by Globe’s actions against her – and that once the facts were out, no jury would find against her.”
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