In coordination with the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, McGuireWoods
Tanisha Reed and
Heryka Knoespel recently represented seven pro bono clients in their efforts to recoup
money they lost when their cosmetology school unexpectedly closed.
The former students paid thousands of dollars for cosmetology instruction.
When the school closed without warning, however, the owners of the school
refused to refund students’ prepaid fees and refused to provide information
the students needed to transfer their completed class credits to another
cosmetology school. The students also discovered they could not transfer
any of the hours of hands-on training they had completed.
When they could not locate the owners of the defunct school, Reed and
Knoespel sought to recoup the funds by arguing with counsel for the
school’s insurance company that the students were owed the surety bond that
was issued when the school first opened.
To the delight of their clients, Reed and Knoespel successfully negotiated
the January 2020 payment of the entire surety bond to their clients.