Court Gives Green Light for Entertainment Career Connection Case Against Better Business Bureau of Southland to Proceed
Entertainment Connection Alleges That the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of the Southland is Engaged in Deceptive and Other Illegal Practices
OS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - April 11, 2008) - A Los Angeles trial court ruled January 4, 2008 that a case alleging that the Better Business Bureau of the Southland (BBB) is engaged in deceptive and other illegal practices may proceed in a case brought against it by Entertainment Career Connection, Inc. Entertainment Career Connection provides educational apprentice programs for the entertainment arts including the music recording, radio, film and television industries. A new trial date is pending, but expected on or before August. The 24-year-old Los Angeles-based business offers certificate programs in all aspects of filmmaking, radio broadcasting and audio engineering. More than 6,000 students have graduated from Entertainment Career Connection programs, creating a vast alumni network worldwide.
The BBB gave Entertainment Career Connection its worst possible rating -- an "F" out of a scale from "AAA" to "F." The lawsuit alleges that the rating is unfair and is the product of unfair practices employed by the BBB, including using a separate but undisclosed more favorable rating system for businesses that pay for costly BBB memberships.
The BBB filed papers asking the court to dismiss the case on the grounds that it was protected from lawsuits of this nature, but the court ruled that the BBB operates, in many respects, as a commercial enterprise and is subject to suit for its actions. According to papers filed with the court, the BBB generates more than $9 million per year in membership sales and those sales make up more than 90 percent of its revenues.
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