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Texas woman sued by Indian American over viral racist meltdown

PLANO INCIDENT
  • The incident, which was caught in a now-viral video, occurred in the parking lot of the restaurant Sixty Vines at around 8:15 p.m. on Aug. 24.
  • Upton allegedly told the group to “Go back to India” and threatened to “blow your f*cking brains out.”
  • Upton was arrested the following day on charges of assault and making terroristic threats. She was ordered to be held on a $10,000 bond.
  • The plaintiff, Dr. Bidisha Rudra, is now suing Upton for compensatory and punitive damages over the “traumatic” experience.
  • Plano police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

A woman who was filmed hurling racist remarks at a group of Indian American women outside a restaurant in Plano, Texas, last month is now facing a lawsuit from one of the victims.

The incident, which was caught in a now-viral video, occurred in the parking lot of the restaurant Sixty Vines in the 3700 block of Dallas Parkway at around 8:15 p.m. on Aug. 24.

Lawsuit accuses Sacramento utility company of racially profiling Asians in cannabis crackdown

  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is facing a lawsuit for allegedly targeting Asian communities when providing customer data to authorities without a warrant.
  • Data privacy watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed the lawsuit on Wednesday on behalf of the nonprofit Asian American Liberation Network and Asian American cannabis industry attorney/SMUD customer Khurshid Khoja.
  • The lawsuit noted that the utility would turn over a list of customers who used over a specified threshold amount of energy per month to the Sacramento Police Department.
  • The list excluded homes in a predominantly white neighborhood, and was further shortened by a police analyst to homes with Asian-sounding names for further investigation. 
  • According to the lawsuit, the bulk disclosure “turns its entire customer base into potential leads for police to chase,” liberally disclosing customers’ Social Security, driver’s license and telephone numbers.

Data privacy watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a lawsuit accusing the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) of racially profiling Asian communities when providing customer data to authorities without a warrant.

The case was filed Wednesday on behalf of the nonprofit Asian American Liberation Network and SMUD customer Khurshid Khoja, an Asian American cannabis industry attorney and cannabis rights advocate from Sacramento.

Family of Chinese student who died in sand dune accident while working on film sues USC

sand dunes accident
  • The parents of Peng Wang, a 29-year-old Chapman University student who died in a sand dune accident while working on a student film, have filed a lawsuit against the University of Southern California (USC) and two of its students.
  • Wang was in an off-road vehicle along with three USC film students at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area to shoot their short film in the desert when their vehicle rolled over the crest of a dune.
  • Wang, who was the only passenger without a seatbelt, suffered fatal injuries in the rollover.
  • His family is seeking unspecified damages after alleging that the university approved the project and knew that the students would be using off-road vehicles in the desert, according to the suit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday.

The parents of a Chinese graduate student and cinematographer who died in a sand dune accident while working on a student film are suing the University of Southern California (USC) and two of its students.

Peng Wang, a 29-year-old Chapman University student, volunteered to help with a student film project for a directing course at USC as the director of photography.

Harvard asserts notifying insurer about high-profile Asian discrimination lawsuit unnecessary

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  • During a federal-court filing on Monday, lawyers representing Harvard University asserted that the institution did not have to notify Zurich American Insurance Co about the high-profile affirmative action lawsuit the school faced since the insurer “surely knew about” it.
  • The insurance dispute comes from a 2014 lawsuit filed by the Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) against the university alleging that its undergraduate admissions practices discriminated against Asian Americans.
  • Harvard filed a lawsuit against its secondary insurer Zurich, demanding that it cover $15 million as part of the expenses it spent defending its admissions practices.
  • Zurich filed a pretrial motion for judgment last month, claiming the excess policy covered only claims that were both “made and reported” between November 2014 and January 2016.
  • While the school admitted to notifying Zurich only in May 2017, it asserted that the insurance company must have already known of SFFA’s lawsuit even before January 2016, thus satisfying the notice requirement.

Lawyers representing Harvard University asserted that the institution did not have to notify Zurich American Insurance Co about the high-profile affirmative action lawsuit the school faced since the insurer “surely knew about” it.

In November 2014, Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) filed a lawsuit against the university alleging that its undergraduate admissions practices discriminated against Asian Americans. The case, which was widely covered by mainstream media, resulted in the insurance dispute.

Chinese parents sue daughter they abandoned for not buying her brother an apartment

  • A 29-year-old woman in China is being sued by her estranged parents for refusing to buy her younger brother an apartment.
  • The woman was left to be raised by her aunt when she was 2 years old.
  • After the woman refused to pay for the apartment, her biological parents filed a lawsuit against her for 500,000 yuan (approximately $71,818) in parental maintenance.
  • The court decided that the woman must negotiate the money with her parents and pay the maintenance fee.
  • The Civil Code of China states that adult children have a legal obligation to support their parents regardless of estrangement or abandonment.

After a woman in China refused to buy her younger brother an apartment, her estranged parents filed a lawsuit for 500,000 yuan (approximately $71,818) in parental maintenance.

The woman, 29-year-old Zhang from Guangzhou of southern China, was abandoned by her biological parents when she was 2 years old and has no relationship with them. She was reportedly abandoned as her biological parents could not financially support her, and they rarely contacted her throughout her life.

Texas A&M faces class-action suit alleging discrimination against Asian and white men

Texas A&M lawsuit
  • Richard Lowery, a finance professor at University of Texas at Austin, filed a federal class-action suit against the Texas A&M University System on Saturday over a new fellowship program geared toward diversifying its faculty.
  • The program, dubbed as Accountability, Climate, Equity and Scholarship Faculty Fellows Program (ACES) Plus, seeks to hire faculty from “underrepresented minority groups” that exclude Asian Americans.
  • Lowery, who is white, claims that ACES Plus violates Title VI and Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibit sex and racial discrimination in education programs that receive federal funding, as well as Section 1981 (42 U.S.C. § 1981) and the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.
  • Lowery is represented by America First Legal, a nonprofit co-founded by former Trump policy adviser Stephen Miller and former Texas solicitor general Jonathan Mitchell.

The Texas A&M University System has been hit with a federal class-action suit accusing it of discriminating against Asian and white men in a new fellowship program focused on diversifying its faculty.

Richard Lowery, a finance professor at the University of Texas at Austin, filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on Saturday. He is represented by America First Legal, a nonprofit co-founded by Stephen Miller, who served as a policy adviser for former President Donald Trump, and Jonathan Mitchell, a former Texas solicitor general who helped write the state’s six-week abortion ban, as per the Texas Tribune.

Former (G)I-DLE member Soo-jin drops lawsuit against bullying allegations

SOOJIN
  • Former (G)I-DLE member Soo-jin will stop taking legal action against the bullying allegations made against her.
  • In a statement released on Thursday, Soo-jin’s legal representatives said, “There is no other evidence to confirm the facts aside from the conflicting statements put out by both parties. Under such circumstances, Seo Soo-jin has come to the conclusion that it is no longer possible for her to verify the allegations made online through legal procedures.”
  • Bullying allegations were first made against Soo-jin back in February last year, which CUBE Entertainment denied at the time.
  • Soo-jin then filed her own criminal lawsuit against her accuser a month later, but the police cleared the alleged victim and found no reason for a fraudulent allegation.
  • CUBE Entertainment terminated Soo-jin’s contract shortly after.

Former (G)I-DLE member Soo-jin is dropping her lawsuit against the bullying allegations made about her. 

On Thursday, Soo-jin’s legal representatives at Barun Law Firm issued a statement claiming that Soo-jin did not bully the alleged victim in middle school and at most used harsh words in an interaction with the victim over the phone but apologized in person a long time ago. 

Amazon discriminating against Asians, whites in grant program, class action lawsuit says

  • A new class action lawsuit is accusing Amazon of discriminating against Asian and white applicants through its so-called “Diversity Grant.”
  • The grant awards a $10,000 stipend to Black, Latinx and Native American entrepreneurs to become delivery service partners, leaving Asian and white applicants to “foot the entire bill for their startup costs,” the suit said.
  • Plaintiff Crystal Bolduc, a white woman, “seeks to represent a class of all past and future applicants" to the program “who have been subjected to racial discrimination” and wants Amazon to pay them damages.
  • Bolduc’s suit also cited Amazon’s “Black Business Accelerator,” a separate initiative that grants Black-owned businesses $500 in credit, as another case of “unlawful racial discrimination.”
  • The suit contends that Amazon has violated the Civil Rights Act of 1866, which forbids racial discrimination in contracting.

Amazon is discriminating against Asian and white applicants in a grant program for delivery start-ups, a new class action lawsuit claims.

Dubbed the “Diversity Grant,” the program awards $10,000 stipends to Black, Latinx and Native American entrepreneurs to become delivery service partners, leaving out Asian and white hopefuls to “foot the entire bill for their startup costs,” according to the suit.

Asian American attorney says she was passed up for promotions because of her race in federal lawsuit

An Asian American attorney based in Darien, Connecticut, has launched a federal lawsuit against her former employer for allegedly discriminating against her due to her race and sex.

Michelle Lee, who worked at Darien-based Portfolio Advisors for about 15 years, claims she received “racialized comments” and “repeated sexual remarks and advances” from colleagues at the firm. Supervisors who knew some of such incidents allegedly failed to provide a remedy.

AAPI voters are suing Texas for allegedly discriminatory gerrymandering

  • A coalition of AAPI voters is suing the state of Texas for allegedly discriminatory redistricting practices which suppress the voting power of minorities.
  • The plaintiffs’ legal team is composed of civil rights organizations and attorneys who believe that the state’s redistricting practices are “the most brazen, clear case of vote dilution"
  • While critics of the lawsuit claim it is “not mathematically geographically possible” to limit racial groups into select districts in a “diverse and spread out” state, voter advocacy groups argue that the goal of the suit is not about grouping ethnic groups together, but preventing them from being deliberately split apart.
  • Because the lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial at the end of September, its verdict will not arrive on time to impact midterm elections this fall.

A coalition of AAPI voters is suing the state of Texas for allegedly suppressing the voting power of minorities through last year’s redistricting. 

Amatullah Contractor, who is among the group of plaintiffs filing a lawsuit against Governor Greg Abbott and Secretary of State John Scott, was recently redistricted from her diverse and liberal-leaning 7th district to the more rural and conservative 8th district when Texas legislators redrew the maps last year.

Woman in China sues co-worker for hugging her so hard he allegedly broke 3 of her ribs

rib-breaking hug
  • A woman from China’s Hubei province filed a lawsuit against a male colleague who allegedly broke her ribs by hugging her too tightly in May 2021.
  • She visited the hospital when the pain in her chest reportedly intensified days after their hug, where an X-ray scan revealed that she had three broken ribs, with one on her left side and two on her right.
  • She was forced to pay for medical treatment and take leave from work, which resulted in her loss of income.
  • The woman sought compensation for the money she lost due to her broken ribs.
  • The Yunxi court ordered the colleague to pay the woman 10,000 yuan (approximately $1,473) as compensation.

A woman in China filed a lawsuit against her colleague who allegedly broke three of her ribs by hugging her too tightly.

The woman from Yueyang city in China’s Hubei province was reportedly talking with a co-worker in May 2021 when a male colleague approached her and gave her a tight hug, which allegedly left her screaming in pain. 

Catfisher in China dated mother and son for 5 years — allegedly scammed them out of $20,000

mother and son catfished
  • A man in China is being sued for catfishing a mother and son out of 140,000 yuan (approximately $20,669) by pretending to date the two for almost five years.
  • The man conned the woman over the Chinese social media platform WeChat and posed as a woman online while pretending to date the son.
  • The man met the mother in 2018 and became involved with the son at the end of the year.
  • The two “dated” the man until he was reported to police in February of this year.

A mother and son in China are suing a man for allegedly conning them out of 140,000 yuan (approximately $20,669) while pretending to date the pair for nearly five years. 

The catfisher, surnamed Song, is accused of scamming the mother and son over WeChat. Song is currently being sued at the Huining county court in Gansu province of northwestern China.