One LLP announces that TestMasters (www.testmasters.net), one of the nation’s largest test preparation companies, filed a lawsuit today against Velocity Test Prep and owner David Hall for defrauding students who are preparing to take the Law School Admission Test.
The complaint alleges that Hall pocketed money from LSAT preparation consumers based on false claims about his performance on the test. Hall advertised that he had achieved three perfect LSAT scores of 180 and answered every question correctly on the September 2009 exam, when in fact he had done neither.
The complaint further alleges that, to convince consumers that his false claims about his credentials were true, Hall doctored official records prepared by the Law School Admission Council—the organization that administers the LSAT. Using a computer program called “GIMP” (GNU Image Manipulation Program), Hall created elaborate forgeries of his LSAT score reports. He posted these forgeries on Velocity’s website and promoted them on an internet forum frequented by LSAT preparation consumers.
According to the complaint, Hall’s misconduct violated the federal Lanham Act as well as California’s false advertising and unfair competition statutes.
TestMasters is seeking an injunction and damages based on lost profits and the diminution of value of its own truthful marketing claims. TestMasters also asks that Hall be ordered to refund to consumers all of the money he took from them under false pretenses.