Sophia Krivy v. Jean Madeline Education Center of Cosmetology, Inc. et. al.

Case No. 2603

On April 22, 2016 the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas granted final approval of a proposed $1,350,000 consumer fraud class action settlement filed against beauty school operator Jean Madeline Education Center (JMEC).

This lawsuit alleges that Defendant JMEC employs a uniform policy and common course of conduct at its three school salons of charging standardized fees to members of the public for student-provided cosmetology treatments which are much higher than the costs of the materials used in providing those treatments in violation of the law pursuant to 63 P. S. §513.

Under the Settlement, JMEC is making a Settlement Fund of $1,350,000.00 comprised of $600,000 in cash and $750,000 in services vouchers available to compensate  the claims of eligible Settlement Class Members and certain other fees and expenses.  It is anticipated that the Settlement Fund will enable valid Class Members who submit timely claims to receive either a payment of up to $25 cash or ten $5 Services Voucher to receive services at one of JMEC’s three salons.  Services Vouchers are not redeemable for any cash whatsoever.  Further, Services Vouchers may not be used for products or goods and may only be redeemed at JMEC clinic locations for services.  Services Vouchers may not be used at Jean Madeline Inc. Salons including Adolf Biecker Studio Salons


Important Dates and Documents:

Important Dates

April 7, 2016 – Postmark Deadline to request Exclusion from the Settlement Class

April 7, 2016 – Postmark Deadline to Object

June 6, 2016 – Postmark Deadline to File a claim. To file a claim go to

April 21, 2016, 10:00AM – Final Approval Hearing

This notice informs you of a proposed settlement (“Settlement”) of a class action claim against Jean Madeline Education Center of Cosmetology, Inc. d/b/a “The Jean Madeline Aveda Institute” (“JMEC”), Jean Madeline Inc., and Samuel Lehman (collectively “Jean Madeline”). JMEC has agreed, under the terms of the Settlement, to provide you with an opportunity to submit a valid and timely Proof of Claim through which you may be eligible to receive compensation as further discussed below.

Summary of Your Legal Rights and Options in this Settlement


If you are an eligible Settlement Class Member and you wish to receive either: 1) a one-time payment of up to $25.00; or 2) ten $5 Services Vouchers valued at $50.00 for use at one of JMEC’s salons to receive future services, you need to complete and submit a Proof of Claim in a timely manner. The Proof of Claim is necessary to ensure that only eligible Settlement Class Members receive a benefit. A Proof of Claim form is available here or by calling the Claims Administrator toll free at 1-844-216-7340 or by writing the Claims Administrator at: Jean Madeline Litigation Settlement, 1801 Market Street, Suite 660, Philadelphia, PA 19103 or go to


By doing nothing, you forfeit the opportunity to receive any compensation and you give up any rights to sue Defendants, and certain parties related to them, separately about the claims that have been or could have been asserted in this lawsuit.


By asking to be excluded, you will not share in this Settlement. This is the only option that allows you to keep any rights to sue Defendants about the same legal claims in this lawsuit.


You may write to the Court about why you do not like the Settlement.


You may ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the Settlement.

Your rights and options – and the deadlines to exercise them – are explained in detail in this website and the documents available for download at right.

The court in charge of this case still has to decide whether to approve the Settlement. Payments will be made if the Court approves the Settlement and after appeals are resolved. Please be patient.