Defamation Case of Lê Thanh Minh Tú Against Daniel Tran and Tran Thi Hoa Filed in U.S. District Court of Texas

Justice for Minh Tú and Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh

After months of silence, the wait is finally over.  Over the past 9 months, the speculation and rumors regarding Minh Tú, and Quỳnh will finally be put to rest.  On February 13th, 2024, the law offices of Meade Neese & Barr filed a petition on behalf of Minh Tú, and Quỳnh with the District Clerk of Harris County Texas against Daniel Tran and Tran Thi Hoa for defamation.  The full petition can be read by CLICKING HERE  The lawsuit filed outlines the brutal efforts of the defendants to defame, humiliate, and cause monetary harm to Minh Tú, and Quỳnh.  

The case emphasizes that YouTubers in the U.S. cannot act without impunity.  Although the U.S. enjoys certain freedoms, those freedoms cannot be enacted in order to deprive another of their basic rights to liberty, and prosperity.   However, many YouTuber’s ignore this because they know that being sued will be an expensive endeavor for anyone seeking justice against them.  And for the most part, these YouTuber’s are correct.  It costs money to sue someone.  In the U.S. it is extremely expensive to do so.  This case is no exception.  

But She Said "She Was Sorry..."

Many who know of this case have stated that Ms. Hoa said that she was sorry and that should be the end of it.  The problem with this argument is that a sorry does not restore Tu or Quyhn’s reputation, name or loss of income.  By holding those accountable, it sends a very clear message that actions have consequences.  And yes, sometimes those consequences hurt (as they should).  If the defendants are found guilty, it will set a precedence in U.S. law, that YouTuber’s can be held liable for what they say.  This case is about defamation and libel, and less about TABBTV.  It is about how those in the U.S. can directly affect the lives of others not only in the U.S., but those living outside of it as well.  Words have consequences.  Just as you can’t yell “fire!” in a crowded theater, neither can you make up false claims about someone on YouTube for the world to see without repercussions.  

From Inside Asia will follow this case as it moves through the slow grind of the U.S. judicial system.  

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