On September 12, 2013, Global
College of Natural Medicine, Inc., and its
owner, Heather Johnstone, each filed
petitions for bankruptcy in the United
States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern
District of Illinois. As a result of
the bankruptcy filings, the federal district
judge to whom the class action against GCNM
and Ms. Johnstone is assigned has adjourned
a settlement conference that was scheduled
for September 23, 2013. No further
action is presently scheduled in the class
action due to the bankruptcy filings.
Issues relating to the sudden
closure of GCNM and moneys owed to former
students are likely to be addressed in the
newly started bankruptcy cases.
This website will be updated
as additional information becomes available
regarding the bankruptcy cases.
2013, a class action lawsuit was filed in the United
States District Court for the Eastern District of
Michigan in Detroit, seeking recoveries on behalf of
thousands of adults enrolled in prepaid, self-paced
distance education programs at Global College of Natural
comes in the wake of GCNM’s announcement in November
2012 that it was suddenly closing the school and its
self-paced distance education programs after many years
of operation. The lawsuit alleges that at the time of
the closing, GCNM had already collected millions of
dollars in tuition from Plaintiffs and a class of
similarly situated persons for pre-paid programs that
GCNM stopped providing. After the abrupt termination of
its self-paced distance education programs, GCNM failed
to refund tuition, according to the lawsuit.
counsel in the lawsuit are Thomas H. Howlett, Dean M.
Googasian, and Debra S. Janicki of The Googasian Firm, P.C., who may be
contacted by calling 1-877-540-8333 , or by clicking
or sending an e-mail to
Defendants in the lawsuit are GCNM and Heather Johnstone,
who is identified as director, owner, chief executive
officer and chief operating officer of GCNM.
According to the lawsuit, GCNM marketed its self-paced
programs as affording students the ability to learn and
pursue degree and certificate programs with flexibility
as to the time within which they were completed. But the
sudden closure of GCNM precludes these students from
completing the self-paced distance education programs
for which they had paid and devoted considerable time
and effort, the lawsuit alleges.
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The lawsuit asserts breach of fiduciary duty,
negligence, and other claims, and seeks compensation for
the tuition amounts paid for programs that are no longer
available and for Plaintiffs’ loss of time and
opportunity, among other damages. A copy of the lawsuit
can be found by clicking