Bridgepoint Gets California Subpoena in Sales Probe

Bridgepoint Education Inc. (BPI), the college company majority-owned by Warburg Pincus LLC, was sued by California to turn over information about its sales efforts to officials investigating the for-profit education industry.

Bridgepoint, based in San Diego, has refused to produce data from a computer system that collects information about its telemarketing efforts, California Attorney General Kamala Harris’s office said in a petition filed today in state court in Sacramento. Harris subpoenaed the company for the information in January.

“The Attorney General requested these specific materials in order to evaluate whether Bridgepoint has violated California law by making false or misleading statements to Californians during the telephone calls, including telemarketing calls, and through other sales and marketing efforts,” Deputy Attorney General Angela Munoz said in the petition, a copy of which was supplied by her office.

The petition couldn’t immediately be confirmed through court records.

Marianne Perez, a Bridgepoint spokeswoman, declined to comment.

The case is People of the State of California v. Bridgepoint Education Inc., California Superior Court, Sacramento County (Sacramento).

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