Alumni Research, Inc.
3333 US Hwy 19 #3
Holiday, Fl 34690
***Notice to purchasers of the 2014 Edition of the CCMS Alumni Directory – Updated September 3, 2015***
September 3, 2015 update:
The College recently learned that Alumni Research, Inc. and its CEO, Robert Laping, have filed for bankruptcy protection in August 2015. The Florida Attorney General had previously filed a claim for unfair and deceptive trade practices against Alumni Research and Mr. Laping in June 2015 to seek recovery and damages associated with the prepaid yet unfulfilled directories. The Attorney General intends to continue to pursue this claim, and has sought the approval of the bankruptcy court to do so. We have informed the Attorney General that our alumni have been impacted in the same manner as the other 43 schools’ alumni discovered thus far. As for the College, we are working through the bankruptcy process to reclaim the property we provided to Alumni Research. There is a possibility that you will receive requests from the Florida Attorney General or the bankruptcy trustee. We encourage you to respond. For those of you who prepaid for the directory, the claim for recovery of that money is personal to you and you should ensure you complete whatever is necessary to qualify for any potential recoupment. We do not know if there will be any financial recovery for this horrific situation. The College plans to monitor the Attorney General’s case and the bankruptcy proceedings. We will let you know if we learn anything of value.
June 26, 2015:
CCMS has received numerous inquiries from individuals who purchased the 2014 edition of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science Alumni Directory, which has been published and distributed by Alumni Research, Inc. since 1998. We understand that many of our alumni placed advance, pre-paid orders in 2014 with Alumni Research, Inc., expecting publication and distribution of the Directory some time ago. We are extremely disappointed that Alumni Research, Inc. has neither published the Directory nor filled these orders.
Having partnered for many years successfully, CCMS never anticipated such a failure on the part of Alumni Research, Inc. We extend our apology to alumni and assure that we are actively seeking resolution. Over the past several months, CCMS has demanded that Alumni Research, Inc. promptly and completely resolve this unacceptable situation, but there has been no response to date. We are continuing to seek resolution, including reimbursements to those who paid for a Directory. Please note, that the breach by Alumni Research, Inc. in accepting payments but not fulfilling orders is a breach directly between the company and the purchaser. If you paid for a Directory and have not received a refund, you should consult an attorney or the consumer protection division of your state attorney general’s office regarding your individual legal rights. You may also contact the Florida state attorney general’s office, where Alumni Research conducts business.
Together, we may be able to resolve this unfortunate situation. Please know that we will provide any and all updates as they become available.
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