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LSAT Prep Firms at War

When aspiring law students paid nearly $1,100 for a month-long LSAT-prep course by TestMasters, they assumed the prestigious Santa Monica, Calif., company would help them score higher on the law school entry exam. However, several students soon discovered that they had mistakenly signed up for a class with Houston-based Test Masters, not California-based TestMasters.

On Oct. 25, 2005, the New York State Consumer Protection Board issued a warning to future LSAT takers stating that 17 students had filed complaints after they enrolled in what they thought was the original "TestMasters" program. Robin Singh, who received a perfect score on the LSAT a record 12 times, is the owner of the California TestMasters company.

The warning is the latest twist in a six-year battle between the two companies. Singh has brought two cases to federal court against the Houston company alleging unfair competition and false advertising. The Houston company sued Singh for use of the name.

In 2003, a federal district court in California enjoined Singh from communicating directly with Test Masters employees. Test Masters accuses Singh of harassment, spying on its classes and verbally and physically threatening Test Masters employees.

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