Erica Olsen and Kalea Woods, both Stanford students, are suing William “Rick” Singer and his company, The Key Worldwide Foundation for the massive college admissions bribery game they implemented to help rich families have their kids enter into school the easy way.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the lawsuit also includes USC, UCLA, Stanford, University of San Diego, University of Texas, Wake Forest, Yale, and Georgetown.
In their lawsuit, Olsen and Woods both claim that they have been “damaged” because they attend Stanford, one of the schools “plagued by the scandal.”
Each girl argues that their “degree is now not worth as much as it was before, because prospective employers may now question” whether or not they were admitted to the university on their own merits, “versus having parents who were willing to bribe school officials.”
Olsen claims she applied to Yale but “was never informed that the process of admission was an unfair, rigged process, in which rich parents could buy their way into the university through bribery. Had she known that the system at Yale University was warped and rigged by fraud, she would not have spent the money to apply to the school. She also did not receive what she paid for—a fair admissions consideration process.”
Woods made the same argument, but for USC.
The class action lawsuit claims that damages could exceed $5 million. [excerpt via The Blast]
This lawsuit might be a little too much but a lot of people saw it coming and there will be more because of other reasons. Singer took in a reported $25 million from unsuspecting parents trying to give their children a leg up in the admissions process.
The scandal seems to have been particularly hard on Loughlin’s daughter Olivia, who, sources told the outlet, “is a mess, despondent and feeling like it’s the end of the world.” No, I’m not going to have sympathy for a 20-year-old with rich parents. An established YouTube influencer? What kind of “career” is that?
What’s damaged is the pretense that you have to be a scholar and excel in other ways to get into these elite schools. It has always been easier for those connected to money and power to get in because those are the kinds of parents and alumni who will make big donations later. That said, this scandal proves that our various systems leading to opportunity in our culture have broken down in every way possible.
When the bribery news first broke, my family, wondered how long it would take for some lawyer, somewhere, to locate people willing to go along with them to start a lawsuit ASAP.
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