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Jury awards $13 million to woman who says Vanderott College misled her

A jury in Missouri has awarded a $13 million judgment to a woman who said she was misled by Vatterott College about the programs in which she was enrolling.

The Kansas City Star says the jury found that the Missouri-based Vatterott Educational Centers Inc. had violated the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act in its interaction with Jennifer Kerr, now 42.

It ordered the corporation to pay Kerr $27,676 in actual damages and $13 million in punitive damages. Kerr contended in the trial that Vanderott misled her when she enrolled at the school in 2009.

She says after being at the school for 60 weeks she learned that the school had enrolled her in a different program and she would have to spend another $10,000 and more time to receive the degree she wanted.

Vatterott, a for-profit institution that was started in 1969, has 19 locations in nine states, most in Missouri, along with a large online enrollment

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