On February 7, 2011, KHE received a Civil Investigative Demand from the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Illinois. The demand primarily sought information pertaining to Kaplan University’s online students who are residents of Illinois. KHE has cooperated with the Illinois Attorney General and provided the requested information. Although the matter is not technically closed and KHE may receive further requests for information from the Illinois Attorney General, there has been no such further correspondence over the past seven years to date. The Company cannot predict the outcome of this inquiry.
On July 20, 2011, KHE received a subpoena from the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Delaware. The demand primarily sought information pertaining to Kaplan University’s online students and Kaplan Higher Education Campuses’ former students who are residents of Delaware. KHE has cooperated with the Delaware Attorney General and provided the information requested in the subpoena. Although the matter is not technically closed and KHE may receive further requests for information from the Delaware Attorney General, there has been no such further correspondence over the past seven years to date. The Company cannot predict the outcome of this inquiry.
On January 16, 2012, prior to Kaplan’s sale of the Kidum Group in Israel, the Kidum Group received notice of a putative class-action complaint against the Kidum Group’s Wall Street Institute business, alleging violations of Israeli consumer protection law in connection with certain enrollment and refund policies. Wall Street Institute and the plaintiffs are attempting to settle the dispute. Kaplan no longer has any obligations to the purchaser under the terms of the agreement of sale.
On September 30, 2016, a purported class-action lawsuit was filed against KHE and Education Corporation of America d/b/a Brightwood College, in Alameda County Superior Court, in Oakland, CA, by Donna Hillman alleging violations of California wage and hour laws as they apply to “adjunct” or part-time faculty. The complaint seeks a declaratory judgment that Kaplan violated the California Labor Code and an award of damages for allegedly unpaid wages, penalties under the California Labor Code, interest and attorney’s fees. A response and general denial was filed on November 2, 2016 after which KHE moved to transfer the venue to Sacramento, CA. The parties reached an agreement to settle this matter and in December 2017, the settlement was approved by the court.
In October 2017, Kaplan received a citation from the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) that non-employees may not be used to recruit students for its English-language programs operating in California. Kaplan has accepted the citation and amended its business practices.
On March 28, 2016, a class-action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by Erin Fries, a physical therapist formerly employed by Residential, against Residential Home Health, LLC, Residential Home Health Illinois, LLC, and David Curtis. The complaint alleges violations of the FLSA and the Illinois minimum wage law. The complaint seeks damages, attorney’s fees and costs. At this time, the Company cannot predict the outcome of this matter.
In August 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Health cited Celtic Healthcare of Westmoreland, LLC for being out of compliance with four conditions of the Medicare Conditions of Participation between August 7, 2017, and September 6, 2017. Celtic Healthcare of Westmoreland, LLC d/b/a Allegheny Health Network Healthcare@Home Home Health (“AHN H@H Home Health”) is a wholly owned subsidiary of a joint venture between West Penn Allegheny Health System, Inc. and Celtic Healthcare, Inc. In light of this 31-day period of non-compliance, the Department of Health issued a provisional license for AHN H@H Home Health. Following a re-survey investigation by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, on January 12, 2018, the Department of Health removed the provisional license assigned to AHN H@H Home Health and restored its unrestricted license. The Pennsylvania Department of Health will alert the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) about this matter. CMS has the authority to impose civil monetary penalties of up to $10,000 per day or per instance for non-compliance. At this time, the Company cannot predict the outcome of this matter.
Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), a department of the U.K. government responsible for the collection of taxes, has raised assessments against the Kaplan U.K. Pathways business for Value Added Tax (VAT) relating to 2017 and earlier years, which have been paid by Kaplan. Kaplan has challenged these assessments and the case is currently on appeal to a tax tribunal with a hearing expected later in 2018 or 2019. The Company believes it has met all requirements under U.K. VAT law and expects to recover the £10.9 million receivable related to the assessments that have been paid. If the Company does not prevail in this case, a pre-tax charge of £10.9 million will be recorded to operating expense in the Company’s statement of operations.
Following the Grenfell Tower fire in the U.K. on June 14, 2017, government authorities issued advise to building owners in respect of certain types of cladding on its student residence buildings across the U.K. One student residence is expected to require remedial work. Additional investigations are ongoing. Remedial work on this building will be undertaken once these investigations are complete. At this time, it is not possible to predict the scope of this work.