If we said someone was after $500 billion, usually it would be a short bald dude in his volcano-shaped “evil lair” aiming a nuclear weapon at “Kerplakistan.”
But straight from the news, an Oakland woman filed a $500-billion class-action lawsuit this week against two Hollywood actresses and dozens of other wealthy parents accused of paying hefty sums to bribe college coaches or doctor exam scores to secure their children’s admission to elite universities.
Jennifer Kay Toy, who previously taught in the Oakland Unified School District, alleges in the lawsuit filed in San Francisco County Superior Court that the actions of those implicated in the scheme prevented her son, Joshua Toy, from being admitted to several colleges ensnared in the scandal.
She wrote in the filing that her son worked hard and graduated from high school with a 4.2 GPA but was still rejected from some of the colleges.
“Joshua and I believed that he’d had a fair chance just like all other applicants but did not make the cut for some undisclosed reason,” she wrote in the lawsuit. “I’m now outraged and hurt because I feel that my son, my only child, was denied access to a college not because he failed to work and study hard enough but because wealthy individuals felt that it was ok to lie, cheat, steal and bribe their children’s way into a good college.”
Actresses Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman and Loughlin’s husband, famed fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, along with dozens of other people charged in the criminal case, are named in the lawsuit. The court filing does not specify the colleges where her son applied or when he submitted his applications. Federal authorities on Tuesday announced 50 people had been charged for their alleged roles in the scheme.
The lawsuit estimates that “due to the length and breadth of the cheating scam,” more than 1 million people have been affected. And in some logic that only exists in the plaintiff’s lawyer’s greedy little mind, somehow $500 billion is owed.
So here’s our higher learning for today. People will dispute ANYTHING and for 500 billion reasons. And when those nasty disputes affect YOU and YOUR BUSINESS, call on the good guy litigator, Dean Sperling who will work to resolve YOUR matter with YOUR best interests in mind!
More on the case: