Hagens Berman Investigates Apollo Group, Inc., Following Disclosure that the
University of Phoenix May Be Put “On Notice” Status
SEATTLE -- January 11, 2013
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, a securities law firm, today announced that
it is investigating Apollo Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: APOL) (“Apollo”) following a
significant drop in the company’s stock price and concerns about the
University of Phoenix’s accreditation.
Investors who purchased or otherwise acquired Apollo stock since July 12,
2011, and who have suffered significant financial losses may contact Hagens
Berman attorney Reed R. Kathrein, who is leading the firm’s investigation, for
a consultation. Investors can contact Mr. Kathrein by calling (510) 725-3000
or by emailing APOL@hbsslaw.com.
Additionally, witnesses and other persons with knowledge that may help the
investigation are encouraged to contact Mr. Kathrein. The SEC has finalized
new rules as part of its implementation of the whistleblower provisions in the
Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Bill. The rules protect whistleblowers from
employer retaliation and allow the SEC to reward those who provide information
leading to a successful enforcement with up to 30 percent of the recovery.
Apollo owns the University of Phoenix education system, a for-profit network
offering online and traditional courses throughout the United States. Apollo
receives 91 percent of its total consolidated net revenue from the University
On Jan. 9, 2013, the company disclosed that The Higher Learning Commission
(“HLC”), which accredits the University of Phoenix, may put it “on notice,”
and formally sanction the school. The reasons for the potential action by The
Higher Learning Commission have not yet been specified by Apollo.
In July 2011, the HLC informed Apollo that there remained significant
questions and areas that the University of Phoenix should work on improving
and that these areas of concern would be reviewed at the next previously
scheduled comprehensive evaluation visit in March 2012. On Oct. 19, 2011,
Apollo stated that it was making preparations for the upcoming HLC visit and
was “well-prepared” for the visit. The HLC began its comprehensive
reaffirmation evaluation of the University of Phoenix in March 2012.
Hagens Berman attorneys are investigating what Apollo and certain of its
executives knew about the Higher Learning Commission’s concerns, what it did
to respond to these concerns, and what Apollo knew about the improving or
deteriorating conditions at the University of Phoenix underlying these
Additional information is available at
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with offices in 10 cities. The firm represents whistleblowers, workers and
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