The controversial "Successful Lady" in the Mrs. Vietnam 2009 contest has filed a lawsuit against a woman who had proposed the court to ban her from going abroad after the ban was lifted.
On October 5, Dr. Truong Thi Tuyet Nga, general director of Vu Anh Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, filed a case with the city's People's Court, demanding that Duong My Linh compensate her with VND30 billion (US$1.43 million).
The case has its roots in 2007 when Nga and Linh signed a contract to invest on Nga's three hectare plot of land in District 2's Binh Khanh Ward, according to the Cong An Nhan Dan (People's Police) newspaper.
On January 22 in 2008, they signed an additional agreement and Linh paid Nga US$1.5 million. Linh is entitled to introduce a third party to invest in a project on the land, the paper said.
Linh introduced Haim Dor from Israel, but he later returned to his country without investing in the land, and Linh failed to find a third party as contracted, the paper said.
According to the paper, Linh claims that she was swindled.
Nga told the Tien Phong newspaper that when she conducted procedures for her divorce, the Go Vap District People's Court allowed Linh to participate as a person having "involved rights and/or duties."
Linh requested the court to issue a ban on Nga from going abroad and judge Nguyen Thi Thanh Tuyen issued the ban that took effect on September 5.
Twenty days later, the court issued a decision to lift the ban. It held a meeting on November 2 to apologize to Nga and admitted its earlier decision was wrong.
Nga now claims that because of the ban, she missed a contract with a foreign party valued at billions of dong.
She said she was supposed to take her father, 84-year-old Truong Van Dang, former deputy high commander of the 7th Military Zone, to Singapore for treatment but could not do so due to the ban.
Nga is no stranger to controversy.
She is also embroiled in a dispute relating to a joint venture between her company and a New Zealand partner, New Zealand International College Ltd (NZIC). She has accused NZIC of unilaterally using the joint-venture's assets to cooperate with another company.
Nga won the "Successful Lady" title at the Mrs Vietnam 2009 contest held in the beach town of Vung Tau, when she was 48 years old.
The event was followed by a scandal after many people accused her of having undergone a plastic surgery, which is banned for such beauty contests. The organizers later made an official statement rejecting the accusations.