St. Clair County schools sue travel firm for $105,000 just after canceled band vacation

Months just after significant faculty band journeys had been canceled because of to the pandemic, mothers and fathers from a number of Alabama school units are continue to waiting around to get their income again from a Florida journey business.

Thursday,  St. Clair County Board of Education and Springville Band Boosters submitted a grievance against Musical Destinations, Inc. and Joseph Cooper in St. Clair County Circuit Courtroom.

The lawsuit alleges Musical Places owes the plaintiffs $105,865. The dollars was to protect transportation, accommodations and tickets to Orlando Topic Parks for a high university band journey.

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

Plaintiff Attorney John Rea suggests business owner Joseph Cooper initially promised refunds but has due to the fact stop returning cell phone phone calls.

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Rea says their investigation exhibits big suppliers and Disney refunded payments back to Cooper, so it is unclear why he is not returning the cash to the educational institutions. The lawsuit alleges breach of deal, fraud and unjust enrichment.

“It is like a slap in the encounter,” suggests St. Clair University Superintendent Mike Howard.  He points out they were originally informed by the proprietor anything would appear as a result of fantastic. Then all interaction stopped. Howard says family members are having difficulties and need to have their cash again. He estimates parents are out $500 – $1,000 each individual dependent on fundraising. “I can not believe it can be arrive to this mom and dad should have superior,” remarked Howard.   

ABC 33/40 News has also realized other faculties such as Dora Higher College are trying to find refunds from Musical Locations.

Shelby County Universities launched this statement to ABC3340 Information Friday:

“The Shelby County Faculty District is presently doing work with our board attorneys to obtain a resolution to a predicament involving Musical Places and refunds that have been requested by parents for visits that ended up canceled past spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Simply because this is an ongoing legal issue, the district is not at liberty to give certain facts in regards to this case.”

Jefferson County Educational institutions launched this assertion Friday:

“We hope there will be a favourable resolution for our pupils and people concerned in this problem. Mainly because this issue is nevertheless on-heading, we cannot remark further at this time.”

ABC3340 Information has referred to as and emailed Musical Destinations for a response. We will update our tale as before long as we listen to again.  

The enterprise has an F rating from the Better Company Bureau due to allegations encompassing pandemic refunds.

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