The California attorney general's office was unable to persuade a judge Friday to force an ailing for-profit college company to warn students of its dire financial situation.
California Atty. Gen.
Harris' office filed for a temporary restraining order in San Francisco Superior Court last week, requesting that the company disclose its financial instability when advertising to prospective students.
A judge Friday morning denied the request for an expedited restraining order and scheduled a full hearing on the matter for Aug. 13.
"Corinthian's students are entitled to the same information Corinthian shares with its Wall Street investors," a spokesman for Harris said in a statement Friday. "We believe the sooner students get that information, the better."
Corinthian, which operates schools under the Everest, WyoTech and Heald brands, has been in the cross hairs of federal and state investigators for more than a year amid allegations that the company falsified job placement rates and other academic data.
The U.S. Department of Education last month put a 21-day hold on Corinthian's access to federal student loans and grants, which make up nearly 85% of the company's revenue. Corinthian told investors in a filing last month that the financial restrictions could force it to shut down.
Under an agreement reached last week with the Education Department, the company will sell off the vast majority of its schools and wind down operations at 12 others. All of the company's California schools will be sold.
The agreement requires that Corinthian make certain disclosures to current and prospective students about the situation.
Corinthian's schools will also be under scrutiny by an independent monitor. If the company does not abide by the agreement, the federal government can withhold further funding, which could effectively shut down the schools.
The attorney general's office objected to Corinthian's continuing to advertise that its schools offer "lifetime career services assistance" and are a "solid investment in your child's future."
In addition, Harris' office alleged that Corinthian has continued to advertise to veterans using their GI Bill benefits, even though California has suspended eligibility for all of Corinthian's schools.
The move for a restraining order was part of an ongoing lawsuit Harris' office filed against Corinthian last fall.