HOUSTON – A Houston-based Asian fusion restaurant and food
chain is suing a former employee and her daughter, claiming the pair defamed it
on social media.
Harris County District Court records show that Express
Rolls, LLC sued Thu Lieu Thi Nguyen and Kieu Lieu Thu Cao on Aug. 29.
The plaintiff employed Nguyen as a food prepper from April
to August of this year. During that time, the suit explains, Nguyen accused her
superior of unfair treatment to which a third party investigator determined the
latter was not at fault.
The suit adds that Nguyen last worked for Express Rolls on
Aug. 23. Defendant Cao reportedly notified the complainant that her mother
Per court documents, the younger respondent then launched
into disparaging Facebook and Twitter rants about the Express Rolls.
“In response to defendant Cao’s intentional campaign to
disparage the plaintiff’s business and its employees, other Internet users
began repeating and proliferating her defamatory statements and false
narratives through social media, causing further irreparable injury to the
plaintiff,” the original petition says.
Express Rolls asserts that it and its legal counsel reached
out to the defendants in an attempt to have the posts in question taken down to
no avail. The suit alleges that Cao agreed to make her publications private for
three days but indicated that she would repost everything back to social media
“if certain demands were not met by the plaintiff.”
“The disparaging publications by the defendants still appear
to be hidden from public view,” the complaint says.
“However, as evidenced by her earlier comments telling the
public not to visit or buy anything at Express Rolls, coupled with the public
comments and feedback of other Internet users who have already seen and acted upon
the defendants’ disparaging statements about the plaintiff by
re-publishing/sharing her false and misleading narrative, there’s no ambiguity
that the defendants are acting to hurt the plaintiff and damage the plaintiff’s
reputation and business opportunities.”
Consequently, Express Rolls seeks unspecified monetary
Attorney Grant A. Walsh of the law firm Culhane Meadows PLLC
in Dallas is representing the plaintiff.
Harris County 152nd District Court Case No.