I certainly don’t condone cheating — and I want actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman to face justice after the role they played in a college admissions scam.
But a $500 billion dollar lawsuit because one’s child was unfairly denied admission seems a bit excessive.
A college education is no doubt valuable — but is it worth $500 billion?
I went to college and I’m quite sure it hasn’t benefited me to the tune of $500 billion.
Does the person who filed the suit have any evidence her son would have been admitted in the absence of cheating by others?
I understand, of course, that the point of the lawsuit isn’t the $500 billion.
It’s exposure — and a way to call out a shady college scam.
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Regardless, how long has this cheating been occurring? No one expects a $500 billion judgment — but everyone wants to see those who cheated in the hot seat.
At least one mother has taken legal action. Jennifer Kay Toy has sued Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, among others involved, for $500 billion, according to a complaint.
Toy alleges she raised her son, Joshua, with a good work ethic and made various sacrifices over the years to ensure he would get into a good college.
She claims he had a 4.2 GPA upon graduating high school and applied to “some” of the colleges involved in the scandal — which include Yale, USC, Georgetown and Wake Forest — but did not get accepted.
She filed a class-action suit on March 13, accusing the defendants of inflicting emotional distress, civil conspiracy and fraud.
But a legal expert who wrote a book about college admissions thinks the lawsuit is “ridiculous” — and may not go far.
“As an attorney, I wouldn’t take these cases,” said Steve Cohen, a partner at Pollock Cohen in New York City. (source: People)
Many parents believe their child is the smartest kid in the world — and that therefore he or she will be accepted anywhere the child wants to go.
Wrong. Schools don’t care what the kid’s scores are.
Most schools have a minimum academic standing that must be met.
Then the real accepting begins. Here are just a few of the considerations:
- Is the child an athlete?
- What race is the child?
- Is he or she from a city or a rural area?
- What geographical area of the country are we talking about?
- Is the child from the U.S. or from another country?
- Is a legacy involved?
- Are the parents donors to the school?
You may think the system is unfair — but welcome to the real world.
This lawsuit ought to be laughed out of court with extreme prejudice. Even as a plaintiff’s lawyer opening figure, the $500 billion is an insult to the rule of law.
The wealthy have been pulling strings to get their kids into the best colleges for more than a century. Gee, why don’t we sue every estate in the country, while we’re at it?
This excessive demand could well blow up in the plaintiff’s face.
Maybe if it were a class-action suit of all those harmed, it might conceivably be worth that much.
Good luck collecting it even if the plaintiff wins.
This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.
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