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Paula Deen Using Prop 8's Dismissal In Her OWN Court Case!

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Paula Deen is really grasping at straws here — and who wouldn't be, after all of the losses she's taken on in the past few weeks?

It all started with a lawsuit. A former employee, Lisa Jackson, is suing because of racial harassment and a hostile work environment, including an accusation of making racist remarks about the restaurant's African-American employees. Paula's defense team has since said that Lisa has no grounds to be offended, because she's white.

Paula's team is now using the Supreme Court's historic ruling of striking down Prop 8 to enhance her own case, and this is how she's doing it: they're citing Chief Justice John Roberts on the Hollingsworth vs. Perry Prop 8 case, where he says that if someone wants grounds to sue, they must prove they have "suffered a concrete and particularized injury that is fairly traceable to the challenged conduct."

Here's how Paula's camp is trying to spin that, according to new docs:

"In other words, for a federal court to have authority under the Constitution to settle a dispute, the party before it must seek a remedy for a personal and tangible harm."

So because Jackson is white, Paula's lawyers think that she can't sue because she herself didn't suffer personally or directly from race discrimination. Why can't watching awful things like that go down, and having to work under bosses like that, count as being personally affected — even if the racist and hateful terms aren't rooted in your own history, but your compassion for others?

Lisa has responded to all of this, and has this to say:

“This lawsuit has never been about the N-word. It is to address Ms. Deen’s patterns of disrespect and degradation of people that she deems to be inferior.

“I may be a white woman, but I could no longer tolerate her abuse of power as a business owner, nor her condonation of Mr. Hier’s despicable behavior on a day-to-day basis. I am what I am, and I am a human being that cares about all races, and that is why I feel it is important to be the voice for those who are too afraid to use theirs.”

We just hope it's true that she's standing up for people, rather than just seizing an opportunity to cash in. We can certainly see where some folks might be skeptical because of her race.

Do U guys think she still has a case??

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12 comments to “Paula Deen Using Prop 8's Dismissal In Her OWN Court Case!”

  1. TruthSpeaker says – reply to this


    that bitch just wants a check. good luck trying to get one now with Paula's sources of income all being gone. Paula should file for bankruptcy and send the discharges to the bitches lawyer's office with a huge smiley face scibbled on it a-la-perez style.

  2. 2

    Personally, I think it Deen's people have solid legal ground. There has been nothing said or shown that the behavior affected this person directly. And quite frankly, there is no law against a boss being a douchebag. Other employees may have grounds for filing, but this white woman has not yet said anything that shows that she was directly affected or disadvantaged. If you don't like working for someone, then you have to make the change. There may be other aspects of her case that are valid, but it will be up to a judge to say. I find the use of that word to be unacceptable, but it doesn't mean that I can sue if the word doesn't apply to me. The Chief Justice used that concept in his Prop 8 ruling, but it was not a new concept in the law. It is a long and well-established notion and could be successful … in this particular case. Plus my understanding is that the woman never heard the term used. She only received second-hand reports of it. Another possible reason to dismiss.

  3. Cat says – reply to this


    Jackson has no chance, there is too much information out there to prove she is a lying nutbag. MANY people who know her and have worked with her are saying shes lying, I have information on her that would blow your mind. Just wait.

  4. Cat says – reply to this


    Re: FrankieLA – Exactly. Jackson is African American by proxy and also claims to have PTSD from seeing someone else at work be assaulted. PTSD by proxy !! She is a nutbag ! Also she claims to care so much for the AA employees so she is suing for them YET she was willing to take 1.25 million and sign a confidentiality agreement to keep all this quiet a few years ago. YEAH shes using AA's to make a buck, thats worse than anything Deen did.

  5. Anon says – reply to this


    So.. Jackson can't have an issue with Paula Deen's behavior because she's white? What a bunch of bullshit. I'm white and I'm offended, and am entitled to my feelings like Jackson. What a dumb bitch Paula and her defense is.

  6. Elizabeth says – reply to this


    She already admitted that she never heard Paula say any of those things in her deposition.

  7. Vigilante Knight says – reply to this


    "We can certainly see where some folks might be skeptical because of her race." Not really. What I am very skeptical of is Lisa's history and her M.O.. Instead of reading the ONE deposition, people should read ALL the legal documents around this case. Lisa has a history of extortion and abusing people in many different ways. Cognitive bias and dichotomous thinking will not let you see the true Lisa T. Jackson. Even Lisa T. Jackson doesn't seem to know who Lisa T. Jackson is.

  8. ruraldane says – reply to this


    Perez Hilton is part of the media that is already finding Paula Deen guilty before the verdict is announced. I am tired of this witch hunt that he and others are waging against her. I am done with this website that is so poorly designed that it is cumbersome to navigate.

  9. sarah says – reply to this


    The case needs to be thrown out and a counter suit for defamation needs to be against Lisa Jackson. You don't sue for other people. "those people " if in fact wanted to sue they would have or should have. Now that the court document has been leaked , I really believe that there are apologies in order from Walmart,Home Depot,SmithField and all of the other corporate sheep that hopped on to the band wagon to burn her at the stake. I'm all for Equality for all but I'm also for Innocent until proven guilty.

  10. teeter totter says – reply to this


    At first glance, it seems like she does have a good point.

  11. Amy says – reply to this


    This accuser is out for money! Look at this letter where she is proposing a business idea to them. I think she got made because they did not take up her offer. She wanted 10% for using Paula Deen's name. Hopefully, the truth will prevail. We support Paula Deen!!

  12. 12

    The "problem" is that you cannot sue for harm you believe is being done to someone else. Not unless that person is your minor child or a disabled person under your care. You have NO standing to sue for harm caused to others - only yourself. Being "offended" is not actual harm. Not in the eyes of the law. There is no remendy in law for being offended. Suits like this - that sue for harm done to thers - are dropped ALL THE TIME.