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GRAHAM HOLDINGS CO filed this Form 10-K on 02/23/2018
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cases in their entirety or narrowed the scope of their allegations. The remaining case is captioned United States of America ex rel. Carlos Urquilla-Diaz et al. v. Kaplan University et al. (unsealed March 25, 2008). On August 17, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida issued a series of rulings in the Diaz case, which included three separate complaints: Diaz, Wilcox and Gillespie. The court dismissed the Wilcox complaint in its entirety; dismissed all False Claims Act allegations in the Diaz complaint, leaving only an individual employment claim; and dismissed in part the Gillespie complaint, thereby limiting the scope and time frame of its False Claims Act allegations regarding compliance with the U.S. Federal Rehabilitation Act. On October 31, 2012, the court entered summary judgment in favor of the Company as to the sole remaining employment claim in the Diaz complaint. On July 16, 2013, the court likewise entered summary judgment in favor of the Company on all remaining claims in the Gillespie complaint. Diaz and Gillespie each appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit. Arguments on both appeals were heard on February 3, 2015. On March 11, 2015, the appellate court issued a decision affirming the lower court’s dismissal of all of Gillespie’s claims. The appellate court also dismissed three of the four Diaz claims, but reversed and remanded on Diaz’s claim that incentive compensation for admissions representatives was improperly based solely on enrollment counts. Kaplan filed an answer to Diaz’s amended complaint on September 11, 2015. Kaplan filed a motion to dismiss Diaz’s claims, and a hearing was held on December 17, 2015. On March 24, 2016, the Court denied the motion to dismiss. Discovery in the case closed in January 2017. Kaplan filed a motion for summary judgment on February 21, 2017. Summary judgment was granted in full and entered on July 13, 2017. Diaz filed a notice of appeal in September 2017 and has until February 28, 2018, to file appellate briefs.
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 KU’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 KU’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 Fair Labor Standards Act 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

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