May 25, 2024


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St. Clair County colleges sue vacation corporation for $105,000 following canceled band excursion

Months after superior college band visits ended up canceled owing to the pandemic, mother and father from a variety of Alabama college devices are however waiting around to get their revenue again from a Florida travel firm.

Thursday,  St. Clair County Board of Instruction and Springville Band Boosters filed a criticism against Musical Locations, Inc. and Joseph Cooper in St. Clair County Circuit Courtroom.

The lawsuit alleges Musical Locations owes the plaintiffs $105,865. The cash was to go over transportation, hotels and tickets to Orlando Theme Parks for a significant university band excursion.

Monday ABC3340 Information will air a particular report on our investigation.  

Plaintiff Lawyer John Rea claims business owner Joseph Cooper in the beginning promised refunds but has given that stop returning cellphone phone calls.

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Rea claims their investigation reveals major sellers and Disney refunded payments back to Cooper, so it is unclear why he is not returning the cash to the schools. The lawsuit alleges breach of deal, fraud and unjust enrichment.

“It truly is like a slap in the experience,” states St. Clair School Superintendent Mike Howard.  He clarifies they ended up initially instructed by the operator every little thing would come through fantastic. Then all communication stopped. Howard states households are having difficulties and have to have their dollars back. He estimates mother and father are out $500 – $1,000 each and every depending on fundraising. “I can not believe that it truly is appear to this mothers and fathers are worthy of better,” remarked Howard.   

ABC 33/40 News has also figured out other colleges which includes Dora Substantial University are looking for refunds from Musical Locations.

Shelby County Universities unveiled this statement to ABC3340 News Friday:

“The Shelby County Faculty District is at this time working with our board lawyers to find a resolution to a situation involving Musical Destinations and refunds that have been requested by parents for journeys that ended up canceled last spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Simply because this is an ongoing authorized make a difference, the district is not at liberty to deliver specific facts in regards to this case.”

Jefferson County Educational institutions launched this statement Friday:

“We hope there will be a optimistic resolution for our pupils and households included in this condition. For the reason that this subject is still on-likely, we can’t remark even more at this time.”

ABC3340 News has known as and emailed Musical Destinations for a response. We will update our story as shortly as we hear back.  

The firm has an F ranking from the Far better Business Bureau due to allegations encompassing pandemic refunds.

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