Meehan v. VIPKid et al:

In November 2020, Muciri Law filed suit in Nassau County on behalf of a VIPKID Teacher alleging that VIPKid is has been wrongfully harvesting the biometric data of its VIPKID Teachers.

Defendant VIPKids International Inc. removed this case to the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York (Central Islip) on December 30, 2020. (CIVIL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 2:20-cv-06370-JS-AKT)


A sample of public information that Plaintiff referenced in Court filings:

  • “ZHANG YANJING, VP OF TECHNOLOGY VIPKID “Interactivity and involvement are crucial in online education. We developed a complicated algorithm to analyze students’ eyes and how they move. And we train the model through deep learning. Each student has different ways to express feelings, so the feedback could be very different.” (CGTN, AI in Education, [accessed Nov. 10, 2020]),
  • “VIPKID realized the large-scale application of AI in online teaching for the first time. At present, the number of AI interactive courses completed exceeds 1 million, covering 100,000 students, with an answer rate of 98%.” (Qasim Khan, VIPKID Records Positive Unit Operating Profit in 1H 2020, [accessed Dec. 4, 2020]).
  • Subsequent to the filing of this case, VIPKid made numerous changes to both its Chinese- and English-language websites, including by incorporating public discussion of its use of AI;

EXHIBITS:

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

Exhibit C

Exhibit D

Exhibit E

Exhibit F

Exhibit G

Exhibit H

Exhibit I

Exhibit J

Exhibit K

Exhibit L


DISPOSITIVE MOTIONS & RESPONSES:

Dkt. No. 29: Letter MOTION for pre motion conference by Beijing Dami Technology Co., Ltd., VIPKID Class HK Limited, VIPKID HK Limited, VIPKids International, Inc., VIPTeach Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A – JAMS Arbitrator Order) (Marks, Andrew) (Entered: 01/22/2021)

Dkt. No. 30: Letter in opposition to plaintiff’s motion to declare Beijing Dami Future Technology Co. Ltd. effectively served by Beijing Dami Future Technology Co., Ltd. (Marks, Andrew) (Entered: 01/26/2021)

Dkt. No. 34: RESPONSE to Motion re 29 Letter MOTION for pre motion conference (Letter Response) filed by Sequoia Capital Operations LLC. (Olivar, Harry) (Entered: 01/29/2021)

Dkt. No. 35: RESPONSE to Motion re 29 Letter MOTION for pre motion conference filed by Cloud & Smart Industries, Tencent Holdings Ltd., Tencent America LLC, Tencent Cloud LLC, Tencent Holdings Ltd.. (Pomerantz, Jay) (Entered: 01/29/2021)

Dkt. No. 36: REPLY in Opposition of a pre-conference motion on arbitration, RESPONSE to Motion re 29 Letter MOTION for pre motion conference on remand and/or class certification filed by Kevin J. Meehan. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support Legal Memorandum in Support of Plaintif’s Letter Response, # 2 Memorandum in Support Factual Memorandum in Support of Plaintiff’s Letter Response, # 3 Exhibit “EXHIBIT J” in Support of Plaintiff’s Letter Response) (Gopal, Lakshmi) (Entered: 01/29/2021)

Dkt. No. 37: REPLY in Opposition re 36 Reply in Opposition,,, Response to Motion,, request to move to remand to the New York State Supreme Court filed by Beijing Dami Technology Co., Ltd., VIPKID Class HK Limited, VIPKID HK Limited, VIPKids International, Inc., VIPTeach Inc.. (Marks, Andrew) (Entered: 02/03/2021)

Dkt. No. 38: Letter to Judge Seybert in Response to Letter filed by Plaintiff Kevin J. Meehan, {Dkt. No. 36} by Sequoia Capital Operations LLC (Olivar, Harry) (Entered: 02/03/2021)

Dkt. No. 39: MOTION for pre motion conference Letter Motion for Pre Motion Conference by Cloud & Smart Industries, Tencent Holdings Ltd., Tencent America LLC, Tencent Cloud LLC, Tencent Holdings Ltd.. (Pomerantz, Jay) (Entered: 02/03/2021)

Dkt. No. 40: Letter MOTION for pre motion conference by Sequoia Capital Operations LLC. (Olivar, Harry) (Entered: 02/04/2021)

Dkt. No. 41: Letter MOTION for pre motion conference by China Renaissance Holdings Ltd.. (Kronley, Neal) (Entered: 02/05/2021)

Dkt. No. 42: REPLY in Opposition To Tencent Rule 12 Motions filed by Kevin J. Meehan. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit EXHIBIT K on Tencent) (Gopal, Lakshmi) (Entered: 02/11/2021)

Dkt. No. 43: RESPONSE in Opposition re 40 Letter MOTION for pre motion conference filed by Kevin J. Meehan. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit EXHIBIT L on Sequoia) (Gopal, Lakshmi) (Entered: 02/11/2021)

Dkt. No. 44: First MOTION to Amend/Correct/Supplement 43 Response in Opposition to Motion To correct certain typographical errors by Kevin J. Meehan. (Gopal, Lakshmi) (Entered: 02/12/2021)

Dkt. No. 45: REPLY in Opposition re 41 Letter MOTION for pre motion conference opposing anticipated Rule 12 FRCP motions, RESPONSE in Opposition re 41 Letter MOTION for pre motion conference on rule 12 motions filed by Kevin J. Meehan. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit EXHIBIT M on China Renaissance) (Gopal, Lakshmi) (Entered: 02/12/2021)


On Initial Denial of the Existence of Beijing Dami Technology:

Dkt. No. 25: DEFENDANT’S Motion to Withdraw their Attorneys by Beijing Dami Technology Co., Ltd., VIPKID Class HK Limited, VIPKID HK Limited, VIPKids International, Inc., VIPTeach Inc.. (Entered: 01/11/2021)

January 13, 2020: COURT ORDER denying without prejudice 25 Motion to Withdraw as Attorney. In light of the fact that this letter was filed as a motion to withdraw, and signed only by outgoing counsel, the motion is denied without prejudice. A formal substitution of counsel that is signed by outgoing counsel, incoming counsel, and the client is directed to be submitted promptly. Ordered by Magistrate Judge A. Kathleen Tomlinson on 1/13/2021. (Wolf, Deanna) (Entered: 01/13/2021)

Dkt. No. 26: DEFENDANT’S Motion to Substitute Attorney by Beijing Dami Technology Co., Ltd., VIPKID Class HK Limited, VIPKID HK Limited, VIPKids International, Inc., VIPTeach Inc.. (Vozzo, Kevin) (Entered: 01/19/2021)

Dkt. No. 27: Plaintiff’s Response to Motion re 26 Consent MOTION to Substitute Attorney filed by Kevin J. Meehan. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Opposition Memorandum in Opposition to Defendant’s Consent Motion and Motion to Terminate Appearance and in Support of Plaintiff’s Motion, # 2 Affidavit Affidavit in Support of Letter Motion to Invoke Rule 1.4 and oppose docket # 25 , # 3 Exhibit F on the Course of negotiations between Plaintiff and certain Opposing Counsel, # 4 Exhibit Summary of a selection of Beijing Dami Future Technology’s Public Patents, # 5 Exhibit Exhibits on Service of Process) (Gopal, Lakshmi) (Entered: 01/19/2021)

Dkt. No. 28: Motion MOTION for Leave to File Document Motion to Amend, Letter MOTION to Amend/Correct/Supplement 27 Response to Motion,, with related Motion by Kevin J. Meehan. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support Legal Memorandum in Support of Plaintiff’s Motion to Deem Defendant Beijing Dami Future Technology Co. Ltd. served, nunc pro tunc, # 2Exhibit “EXHIBIT A” on VIPKID Business Activities in New York, # 3 Exhibit “EXHIBIT H” Supplementing EXHIBIT A on VIPKID Business Activities in New York) (Gopal, Lakshmi) (Entered: 01/22/2021)

Corporate Disclosure Statements:

Dkt. No. 6: Corporate Disclosure Statement by Sequoia Capital Operations LLC identifying Corporate Parent None for Sequoia Capital Operations LLC. (Entered: 01/04/2021)

Dkt. No. 10: Corporate Disclosure of Interested Parties by VIPKids International, Inc., VIPKID HK Limited, VIPKID Class HK Limited. (Entered: 01/04/2021)

Dkt. No. 11: Corporate Disclosure of Interested Parties by VIPTeach Inc., Beijing Dami Technology Co., Ltd. (Entered: 01/04/2021)

Dkt. No. 17: Corporate Disclosure Statement by Cloud & Smart Industries, Tencent Holdings Ltd., Tencent America LLC, Tencent Cloud LLC, Tencent Holdings Ltd. identifying Corporate Parent Tencent Holdings Ltd. for Tencent America LLC, Tencent Cloud LLC. (Entered: 01/06/2021)

Filings from New York State Court:

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