Reese Witherspoon is being sued by a group of teachers who claim they handed over a bunch of sensitive information in the hopes of getting a free dress from the actress and ended up getting screwed.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Laryssa Galvez, Judith Lindley, and Natalie Anderson have filed a class-action lawsuit against Reese Witherspoon and her clothing company Draper James.
Earlier this year, Draper James ran a promotional giveaway offering to give teachers a new dress. The advertisement stated, “Dear Teachers: We want to say thank you. During quarantine we see you working harder than ever to educate our children. To show our gratitude, Draper James would like to give teachers a free dress.”
The three defendants accuse Witherspoon’s company of taking advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic by “offering to provide a new dress for teachers who signed up with Draper James and provided their personal contact information – including highly sensitive information such as their teacher ID information, their teacher work email addresses and even copies of their employee work badges – all highly sensitive information that could be exploited by cyber-criminals, or used or sold by Defendants (which, it turns out, they did)”
The suit says Draper James asked for all the information and said “winners” would be notified by April 7. The plaintiffs say Draper James only had 250 dresses to give away for the million teachers who entered the contest. The plaintiffs felt the entire dress contest was a scam to create a “valuable customer database.”
They felt bamboozled by Witherspoon and called her out for not donating more when she is worth an estimated $240 million. The suit is seeking unspecified damages.
Draper James’ lawyer released a statement, “This lawsuit is an unjust attempt to exploit Draper James’ good intentions to honor the teacher community by gifting hundreds of free dresses. The fact that supplies were limited, such that a free dress could not be provided to every teacher who responded, was disclosed and is no basis for a lawsuit.”
The lawyer added, “Draper James looks forward to defending this case, to continuing its efforts to acknowledge the extraordinary contributions made by teachers during this time of need, and to being vindicated in court.”