June 22, 2024


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St. Clair County educational facilities sue vacation business for $105,000 following canceled band vacation

Months soon after significant college band excursions have been canceled due to the pandemic, mom and dad from a number of Alabama faculty units are nevertheless ready to get their income back from a Florida vacation company.

Thursday,  St. Clair County Board of Education and Springville Band Boosters submitted a grievance towards Musical Places, Inc. and Joseph Cooper in St. Clair County Circuit Court docket.

The lawsuit alleges Musical Destinations owes the plaintiffs $105,865. The income was to go over transportation, resorts and tickets to Orlando Theme Parks for a high university band excursion.

Monday ABC3340 News will air a exclusive report on our investigation.  

Plaintiff Legal professional John Rea claims business proprietor Joseph Cooper in the beginning promised refunds but has considering that quit returning cell phone phone calls.

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Rea says their investigation reveals significant distributors and Disney refunded payments again to Cooper, so it is unclear why he is not returning the dollars to the universities. The lawsuit alleges breach of deal, fraud and unjust enrichment.

“It is like a slap in the experience,” says St. Clair College Superintendent Mike Howard.  He explains they ended up originally advised by the owner everything would arrive via wonderful. Then all interaction stopped. Howard says families are struggling and want their cash back. He estimates mother and father are out $500 – $1,000 every single based on fundraising. “I are not able to imagine it can be occur to this parents deserve far better,” remarked Howard.   

ABC 33/40 Information has also figured out other faculties which includes Dora Significant College are searching for refunds from Musical Destinations.

Shelby County Educational institutions released this statement to ABC3340 Information Friday:

“The Shelby County School District is currently functioning with our board attorneys to obtain a resolution to a circumstance involving Musical Places and refunds that have been asked for by mother and father for journeys that had been canceled very last spring thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mainly because this is an ongoing legal make any difference, the district is not at liberty to present specified specifics in regards to this scenario.”

Jefferson County Educational institutions introduced this statement Friday:

“We hope there will be a good resolution for our students and family members involved in this circumstance. Simply because this issue is still on-likely, we are unable to remark further more at this time.”

ABC3340 News has named and emailed Musical Destinations for a response. We will update our tale as shortly as we listen to back.  

The business has an F rating from the Greater Organization Bureau because of to allegations encompassing pandemic refunds.

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