Civil Enforcement Lawsuits in the State of Hawaii

Allen Ezell and John Bear state, in Degree Mill (2005) that " Hawaii has a law that makes it extremely easy to be a legal school there; in effect, having little more than one employee in the state and a small number of Hawaii residents enrolled. But even that is more than many fake schools do, and Hawaii has been aggressive in pursuing violators." They also state that "Hawaii, as just mentioned, has been the most aggressive in bringing legal actions against violators-more than fifty to date-largely due to the efforts of one attorney in the Department of Consumer Affairs, who operates in triage mode, due to the number of possible cases. (p.170)

Lists of the universities which have been sued, including the text of the lawsuits and judgments.

Academy of Natural Therapies
Academy of Natural Therapies was an unregistered trade name used by former Hawaii resident Stephen Byrnes. Civil penalties due under the judgment have been paid in full. ANT no longer operates in, from or under the color of Hawaii law and is believed to have relocated to the state of Wyoming.

American Institute of Management Studies
The judgment remains completely unsatisfied and has been deemed uncollectible within the state of Hawaii. Although incorporated in Hawaii, AIMS was based in Indonesia. AIMS’s Hawaii corporation was dissolved by court order on August 6, 2002.

American International University of Management & Technology
Civil penalties due under the judgment have been paid in full. Although incorporated in Hawaii, AIUMT was based in the state of California. AIUMT’s Hawaii corporation was dissolved on July 22, 2002.

American National University
Although incorporated in Hawaii, ANU was based in the state of California. ANU’s Hawaii corporation was dissolved on December 5, 2002.

American State University
Civil penalties due under the judgment have been paid in full. It is believed that ASU ceased operating in or from Hawaii in the late 1990’s when its proprietor, Rudy Marn, relocated to Wyoming and opened
Hamilton University.

American States College
This institution is not related to the prior American State Univeristy. ASC's Hawaii corporation was dissolved on April 15, 2004.

American University of Hawaii
Trial of the state's claims against Hassan Safavi personally and the state's motion to have him held in contempt have been completed and a decision has been entered in favor of the state on both.

American World University
The judgment remains completely unsatisfied and has been deemed uncollectible within the state of Hawaii. AWU’s two Hawaii foreign corporation registrations were dissolved by court order on February 12, 2004.

Anglo American University
The judgment remains completely unsatisfied and has been deemed uncollectible within the state of Hawaii. Although incorporated in Hawaii, AAU’s operations were based in California. AAU’s Hawaii corporation is delinquent in its filings.

Atlantic International University
Civil penalties due under the judgment have been paid in full.

Brighton University
The judgment against BU, BUI and Seyer remains completely unsatisfied and has been deemed uncollectible within the state of Hawaii. Although incorporated in Hawaii, BU’s operations were based in California and/or Missouri. BU’s Hawaii corporation was dissolved by court order on December 31, 2002.

Cambridge State University
Civil penalties due under the judgment have been paid in full.
The time period to submit requests for refunds under the stipulated judgment has expired. The Office of Consumer Protection is no longer accepting requests for refunds. Cambridge State University has failed to make restitution payments as required under the stipulated judgment and the $25,000 civil penalties have been imposed. The judgment amounts for restitution and civil penalties are unpaid and have been deemed uncollectible.

Concordia Ivy College
The judgment remains completely unsatisfied and has been deemed uncollectible in the State of Hawaii. Although incorporated in Hawaii, CIC was based in Taiwan. CIC's Hawaii corporation was dissolved by court order.

Culture University

Earthnet Institute
Civil penalties due under the judgment have been paid in full. ENI's Hawaii corporation was dissolved on October 28, 2004.

Eden University

Empire University
Civil penalties due under the judgment have been paid in full. Empire University's corporation was dissolved on April 6, 2004.

Frederick Taylor International University
Civil penalties due under the judgment have been paid in full. Although incorporated in Hawaii, FTIU was based in the state of California. FTIU’s Hawaii corporation was dissolved on September 4, 2001.

Friends International Christian University
Although incorporated in Hawaii, FICU was based in the state of California. FICU’s Hawaii foreign corporation registration was withdrawn on August 26, 2002.

Golden Pacific University
Civil penalties due under the judgment have been paid in full. Although incorporated in Hawaii, GPU was based in the state of California. GPU’s Hawaii foreign corporation registration was withdrawn on August 26, 2002.

Hawaii American University
The judgment remains completely unsatisfied and has been deemed uncollectible within the state of Hawaii. Although incorporated in Hawaii, HAU was based in the state of California and/or the People’s Republic of China. HAU’s Hawaii corporation was dissolved by court order on July 1, 2002.

Hawaii College of Pharmacy
This case has been resolved.
Honolulu University of the Arts, Sciences and Humanities
The Office of Consumer Protection is currently processing requests for tuition refunds.

Information University of America
The judgment remains completely unsatisfied and has been deemed uncollectible within the state of Hawaii. Although incorporated in Hawaii, IUA was based in Canada. IUA's Hawaii corporation was dissolved by court order on December 7, 2007.

International East-West University
Civil penalties due under the judgment have been paid in full.
International University of Professional Studies
Civil penalties due under the judgment have been paid in full.

IOND University
Trial is set for October 13, 2008.
The Complaint and Summons was first filed in September,2007.
The First Amended Complaint and Summon was filed on June26, 2008.The Japanese version of the First Amended Complaint and Summon appears in public through the internet in July, 2008.

Kennedy Open University
The judgment remains completely unsatisfied and has been deemed uncollectible within the state of Hawaii. Although incorporated in Hawaii, KOU was based in Canada. KOU's Hawaii corporation was dissolved by court order on December 7, 2007.

Kensington University
The judgment remains completely unsatisfied and has been deemed uncollectible within the state of Hawaii. Although incorporated in Hawaii, KU was based in the state of California. KU’s Hawaii corporation was dissolved by court order on October 29, 2003.

Lincoln International University
Civil penalties due under the judgment have been paid in full. LIU’s Hawaii corporation was dissolved on August 29, 2001.

Manhattan University
The judgment remains completely unsatisfied and has been deemed uncollectible within the state of Hawaii. Although incorporated in Hawaii, MU was based in British Columbia, Canada. MU’s Hawaii corporation was dissolved on December 17, 2002.

Marlborough University
Marlborough University was an unregistered trade name used by Charles James, believed to reside in either Thailand or Portugal. The judgment remains completely unsatisfied and has been deemed uncollectible within the state of Hawaii.

Monticello University
The judgment remains completely unsatisfied and has been deemed uncollectible within the state of Hawaii. Although incorporated in Hawaii, MU was based in the state of Kansas. MU’s Hawaii corporation was involuntarily dissolved on January 30, 2002. MU was formerly known as Thomas Jefferson University.

Nation University
The judgment remains completely unsatisfied and has been deemed uncollectible within the state of Hawaii . Although incorporated in Hawaii , NU was based in the People’s Republic of China . NU’s Hawaii corporation was dissolved on January 20, 2004.

National University of America
Civil penalties due under the judgment have been paid in full. NUA’s Hawaii corporation was dissolved on January 3, 2004.

Newton University
The judgment remains completely unsatisfied and has been deemed uncollectible within the state of Hawaii. Although incorporated in Hawaii, NU was based in the state of Washington and/or British Columbia, Canada. NU’s Hawaii corporation was dissolved on December 12, 2002.

Pacific Buddhist University
PBU's Hawaii corporation was dissolved on January 25, 2008.

Pacific Southern University
Civil penalties due under the judgment have been paid in full. Although incorporated in Hawaii, PSU was based in the state of California. PSU’s Hawaii corporation was dissolved on April 7, 2004 by court order.

Pacific Western University (Hawaii)
Costs of investigation due under the judgment have been paid in full.
Pacific Western University (Hawaii) aka American PacWest International University
Judgment in favor of the State was entered on May 9, 2006.

Pacific Yale University
The judgment is unsatisfied and has been deemed uncollectible in the State of Hawaii. Pacific Yale University has apparently changed its name to Pylon University. This school is run from either California or South Korea and we suggest you consult with the appropriate authorities in those jurisdictions for further information.

Pickering University
The judgment remains completely unsatisfied and has been deemed uncollectible within the state of Hawaii. Although incorporated in Hawaii, PU was based in the state of California and/or Missouri. PU’s Hawaii corporation was dissolved by court order on May 16, 2003.

Prescott College for Business and Leadership Studies
The judgments remain completely unsatisfied and have been deemed uncollectible within the state of Hawaii. Although incorporated in Hawaii, PC was based in the state of Michigan. PU’s Hawaii foreign corporation registration was withdrawn on February 28, 2001.

St. Mary's School of Medicine
This school ceased all operations in or from Hawaii following the entry of the consent judgment.

San Francisco International University
San Francisco International University's Hawaii corporation was dissolved on November 9, 2006. This corporation was and is not responsible for the website located at sfiu-edu.com

South Pacific University
The judgment against SPU remains completely unsatisfied and has been deemed uncollectible within the state of Hawaii. Although incorporated in Hawaii, SPU was based in the state of California. SPU’s Hawaii corporation was dissolved on July 24, 2002. The civil penalties due under the judgment against Curtis Smith have been paid in full.

Southern California Polytechnic University
The judgments remain completely unsatisfied and have been deemed uncollectible within the state of Hawaii. Although incorporated in Hawaii, SCPU was based in the state of California and/or China. SCPU’s Hawaii corporation was dissolved by court order on March 12, 2003. SCPU was operated by the same individuals who operated Southwest International University of Nevada and Trinity College of Science & Management of Southwest International University and the cases were eventually consolidated.

Southern Pacific University
Civil penalties due under the judgment have been paid in full. Although incorporated in Hawaii, SPU was based in Malaysia. SPU’s Hawaii corporation was dissolved on October 28, 2003.

Southwest International University
Eligible Southwest International University students/graduates may request restitution by filing a complaint with the Office of Consumer Protection. The deadline for submitting requests is October 27, 2006.

Southwest International University of Nevada
The judgments remain completely unsatisfied and have been deemed uncollectible within the state of Hawaii. Although incorporated in Hawaii, SWIUNV was based in the state of California and/or China. SWIUNV’s Hawaii corporation was dissolved by court order on March 28, 2003. SWIUNV was operated by the same individuals who operated Southern California Polytechnic University and Trinity College of Science & Management of Southwest International University and the cases were eventually consolidated. This university is unrelated to Southwest International University.

Stanton University
Civil penalties due under the judgment have been paid in full. Although incorporated in Hawaii, SU was based in the state of Texas and/or British Columbia, Canada. SU’s Hawaii corporation was dissolved on March 28, 2002.

Stewart University of America
The judgment remains completely unsatisfied and has been deemed uncollectible within the state of Hawaii. Although incorporated in the District of Columbia, SUA was actually based in Santa Clara, CA. SUA's certificate of authority to conduct business as a foreign corporation in Hawaii has been ordered revoked.

Thomas Jefferson University
Trinity College of Science & Management of Southwest International University
The judgments remain completely unsatisfied and have been deemed uncollectible within the state of Hawaii. Although incorporated in Hawaii, TC was based in the state of California and/or China. TC’s Hawaii corporation was dissolved by court order on March 28, 2003. TC was operated by the same individuals who operated Southern California Polytechnic University and Southwest International University and the cases were eventually consolidated. This university is unrelated to Southwest International University.

University of Advanced Research - Hawaii Campus, Ltd.
The summary judgment is now final as a counterclaim filed by Defendant Mitchell has been dismissed. The judgment remains completely unsatisfied and has been deemed uncollectible within the state of Hawaii. Although incorporated in Hawaii, UAR's principal was based in California.
University of East-West Alternative Medicine
The judgment remains completely unsatisfied and has been deemed uncollectible within the state of Hawaii. Although incorporated in Hawaii, UNW was based in Korea. UEWAM’s Hawaii corporation was dissolved by court order on December 9, 2003.

University of Honolulu
Although incorporated in Hawaii, UHon, along with Eden University and Culture University, were actually based in the People’s Republic of China. UHon was dissolved by court order on March 31, 2003, EU on March 18, 2003, and CU on April 9, 2003.

University of Northern Washington
The judgment remains completely unsatisfied and has been deemed uncollectible within the state of Hawaii. Although incorporated in Hawaii, UNW was based in the state of Washington and/or British Columbia, Canada. UNW’s Hawaii corporation was involuntarily dissolved on November 21, 2003.

United States Open University
Civil penalties due under the judgment have been paid in full. Although incorporated in Hawaii, USOU was based in the state of California or South Dakota. USOU’s Hawaii corporation was dissolved on March 25, 2004.

USA International University
USA International University's corporation has been dissolved. The judgment has been deemed uncollectible in the State of Hawaii.
Washington American Open University
Both judgments remain completely unsatisfied and have been deemed uncollectible within the state of Hawaii. WAOU's Hawaii corporation was dissolved on December 31, 2004.

Washington International University
Civil penalties due under the judgment have been paid in full. Although incorporated in Hawaii, WIU was based in the state of Pennsylvania. WIU’s Hawaii corporation was dissolved on March 1, 2000.
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by diplomamills | 2007-04-23 11:15 | Unaccredited Schools


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