A Bay Area mother has filed a $500 billion civil lawsuit against 45 people in the college admissions scandal, accusing them of defrauding and inflicting emotional distress on everyone whose “rights to a fair chance at entrance to college” were taken away through the scandal.
Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are named in the suit.
The $500 billion lawsuit was filed Wednesday in San Francisco by Jennifer Kay Toy, a former Oakland teacher who says she believes her son Joshua was not admitted to some colleges — despite his 4.2 GPA — because wealthy parents thought it was okay to bribe their children’s way into good universities.
“I’m not a wealthy person, but even if I were wealthy I would not have engaged in the heinous and despicable actions of defendants,” she wrote in the complaint. “I’m 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.”
She did not say if any colleges admitted her son, or where Joshua might have gained admission.
Toy intends to go after each individual involved in the scandal once she finds out who they are.
She claims the suit is on behalf of all U.S. residents whose fair chance at entering a good school was “stolen” by the defendants.
Her complaint was allegedly filed in California’s Superior Court.
The lawsuit comes days after prosecutors charged 50 people in an elaborate bribery scheme to get their children into elite colleges.
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