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Loughlin, Huffman Named in $500B Lawsuit

That's with a B. As in billion
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2019 5:00 PM CDT
This combination photo shows actress Lori Loughlin at the Women's Cancer Research Fund's An Unforgettable Evening event in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Feb. 27, 2018, left, and actress Felicity Huffman at...   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – A California mom is suing Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman, and others allegedly involved in the college admissions scandal—for no less than $500 billion, the LA Times reports. Jennifer Kay Toy of Oakland alleges in her suit that conspirators kept her son, Joshua Toy, from getting into several universities: "Joshua and I beleived [sic] that he'd had a fair chance just like all other applicants but did not make the cut for some undisclosed reason," she writes. "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."

The former Oakland teacher says her son's 4.2 high school GPA wasn't enough for admissions officers—but doesn't say which colleges he applied to, or when. Her suit claims that over one million people were negatively affected "due to the length and breadth of the cheating scam." She is seeking damages from 33 wealthy parents, alleged Harvard exam fixer Mark Riddell, and school athletics officials said to have taken part, per the New York Post. The BBC notes that Stanford University students have brought their own $5 million lawsuit seeking compensation for college application fees, while students at other colleges are suing Newport Beach businessman William "Rick" Singer for his apparent role in the scheme. (Loughlin's daughter, who claimed she went to USC to party, also said she "never" went to high school.)

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