The Granada Provincial Audience, in a strikingly similar case to the misleading Equity Release cases, found that 2 businessmen were criminally guilty of misleading publicity and were served with a criminal conviction, albeit no one spent time inside.

The Court found that:

  • 2 Granada businessmen offered an course named “Bachelor in Tourist Business Administration”, indicating that it was sponsored by the University of Hertfordshire and that, on conclusion of the course, they would be homologated by the said University.
  • Lured by this information, a few dozens of students signed contracts on that understanding.
  • At the middle of the course, a number of students started to doubt the information provided by the businessmen as a result of which, they wrote to the University of Hertforshire for confirmation of the promised homologation.
  • A few days later, the British University wrote back denying there was any collaboration agreement with the 2 gentlemen running the dubious course.
The criminal conviction also secured a civil liability pronouncement,  as a result of the theory of responsibility “ex delicto” which says that, if a criminal wrong causes monetary damages, the Criminal Court is entitled to award damages to the claimant.
In this case, the defendants were obliged to reimburse the cost of the spurious course.