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    (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) A District Court judge for the Southern District of New York just cleared the path for former Congressman Devin Nunes to sue NBCUniversal over his defamation claim against Rachel Maddow. For the past year, Nunes has attempted to file a lawsuit for his allegation that Maddow smeared him over his dealings with Andriy Derkach, a Ukranian legislator who has been sanctioned by the U.S. government for being a suspected Russian agent. The commentary relates to an incident back in 2019, when Nunes’ office received a package from Derkach while he was ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Judge P. Kevin Castel handed down a decision on Tuesday which states that the package “was handled solely by Nunes’ staff and delivered, unopened, to the offices of the FBI. That same day, Nunes sent a letter to Attorney General William P. Barr advising him of the receipt of the package.” Nunes’ precise claim stems from a broadcast of Maddow’s show in March 2021 when she held a segment about a DNI report that...
    On Monday afternoon, United States District Judge Jed Rakoff of the Southern District of New York threw out a frivolous libel suit filed against The New York Times by former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. “My job is to apply the law. The law sets a very high standard for actual malice, and in this case, the Court finds that standard has not been met," Rakoff said in his ruling. Rakoff did, however, permit the case to be heard by a jury, which handed down its verdict on Tuesday afternoon. Palin did not fare any better. The jury found "that there was insufficient evidence to prove the newspaper had defamed her in a 2017 editorial that erroneously linked her political rhetoric to a mass shooting," the Times reported, noting that "a public figure like Ms. Palin has to prove that a news organization acted with 'actual malice' in publishing false information, meaning it displayed a reckless disregard for the truth or knew the information was false." The paper also took a small victory lap in...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin lost her libel lawsuit against The New York Times on Tuesday when a jury rejected her claim that the newspaper maliciously damaged her reputation by erroneously linking her campaign rhetoric to a mass shooting. A judge had already declared that if the jury sided with Palin, he would set aside its verdict on the grounds that she hadn’t proven the paper acted maliciously, something required in libel suits involving public figures. Palin, a onetime Republican vice presidential nominee, sued the newspaper in 2017 claiming it had damaged her career as a political commentator and consultant with an editorial about gun control published after a man opened fire on a Congressional baseball team practice in Washington. U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, was wounded in the shooting, committed by a man with a history of anti-GOP activity. In the editorial, the Times blamed overheated political rhetoric. It likened the shooting to a 2011 massacre in Arizona that left six dead and former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords severely wounded, and said Palin’s...
    The Clinton-appointed judge who threw out Sarah Palin's defamation suit against The New York Times while the jury was still deliberating the case claimed jurors 'will not know about my decision.' US District Judge Jed Rakoff defended his premature decision to scrap the libel case Monday after ruling Palin's legal team failed to produce evidence that The Times acted with 'actual malice' when publishing factual inaccuracies about the former Republican vice presidential candidate in a 2017 op-ed piece titled 'America’s Lethal Politics.'  'I certainly considered the possibility that I should wait until after the jury had rendered its verdict in this case, but the more I thought about it over the weekend, the more I thought that was unfair to both sides. We’ve had very full argument on this; I know where I’m coming out,' Rakoff said.  Rakoff brushed off backlash from legal experts who said his decision will influence the jury, saying he has instructed the jury to avoid all press coverage of the case. 'They, of course, will not know about my decision,' said the judge, who was appointed...
    Prince Harry and a U.K. tabloid have reportedly reached a libel settlement over claims he "turned his back" on the Royal Marines. In a court filing obtained by Newsweek on Thursday, the Duke of Sussex’s lawyers said that The Mail on Sunday’s attack on him will have left members of the armed forces "more susceptible to suicide." The Mail on Sunday has also made a donation to the Invictus Games Foundation, a charity set up by the 36-year-old’s Invictus Games, a competition series similar to the Olympics held for disabled veterans. They were created by the British royal. A rep for Harry did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. The newspaper recently retracted its reporting.  MEGHAN MARKLE, PRINCE HARRY ‘DON’T REGRET THEIR MOVE TO THE US’ AFTER ROYAL EXIT, PAL CLAIMS The Mail on Sunday has also made a donation to the Invictus Games Foundation, a charity set up by Prince Harry's Invictus Games, a competition series similar to the Olympics held for disabled veterans (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty Images) "An article on 25 October 2020 reported that...
    LONDON (Reuters) - Hollywood star Johnny Depp on Monday lost his libel battle with a British tabloid which labelled him a "wife beater" after a High Court judge ruled that the paper's allegations were "substantially true". Here is a summary of the judge's conclusions and ruling WHAT THE JUDGE FOUND In his ruling, judge Andrew Nicol said: - "I have found that the great majority of alleged assaults of Ms Heard by Mr Depp have been proved to the civil standard." - Nicol said that Depp's lawyer had complained that the proceedings were unfair as Heard was not an official party to the claim despite being his "effective opponent". Nicol said he did not think this carried weight and that it was right Heard was not a party to the proceedings. "Mr Depp has not been short of legal advice. He would, I can assume, have been advised as to the consequence of suing the Defendants against whom the claim is brought, but not Ms Heard," Nicol said in the ruling. - "A recurring theme in Mr Depp’s evidence was...
    Wearing a mask doesnt just protect others from COVID, it protects you from infection, perhaps serious illness, too The Best Bacon In Every State MSNBC Host Joy Reid Faces Revived Libel Claim Upon Big Appellate Decision © MSNBC MSNBC's Joy Reid, who just a week ago earned a promotion to nightly news anchor, is on the losing end of a big appellate decision that will shape the rules of many cases involving free speech. On Wednesday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals revived libel claims from a Trump supporter named Roslyn La Liberte. In doing so, the federal appellate circuit decided that special laws enacted by states like California to protect First Amendment activity don't apply in federal court. La Liberte sued over statements about the following picture.... La Liberte is the one in the MAGA hat. The scene is a city council meeting in California during debate over SB 54, aimed at limiting local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Reid was hauled into court after she retweeted an activist who had posted the above picture along with the...
    Amber Heard has posted a carefree and confident snap on Instagram after ex-husband Johnny Depp failed to get her barred from next week's libel showdown. The actress, 34, showed herself wearing a relaxed floral dress as she reclined on a picnic rug with a book, making the most of the sunny weather. She uploaded the picture with the caption: 'Winding down into the weekend.' It is unclear where the image was taken, but it is thought to have been in London ahead of the three-week High Court trial due to begin in the capital on Tuesday.  Depp, 57, had tried to block Ms Heard from giving evidence in his libel action against The Sun newspaper and its executive editor Dan Wooton over allegations he was violent towards her. The paper published an article in 2018 referring to Depp as a 'wife beater', which he strenuously denies.   In the latest pre-hearing spat, Depp's legal team on Friday tried to exclude Heard from attending court until she was called by The Sun's publisher, News Group Newspapers (NGN) as a witness - meaning...
    Johnny Depp's bid to have Amber Heard barred from the start of this month's High Court showdown against The Sun newspaper has been thrown out. The actor is taking libel action against publisher News Group Newspapers (NGN) and its executive editor Dan Wooton over allegations he was violent towards his ex-wife.  A three-week trial, which centres on a 2018 article which refers to Depp as a 'wife beater', which he strenuously denies, will begin in London on Tuesday.  But in the latest pre-hearing spat, Depp's legal time on Friday tried to exclude Heard from attending court until she was called by NGN as a witness - meaning she would be prevented from watching her ex-husband give evidence. Depp's lawyer, Eleanor Laws QC, had argued that Heard's evidence could later be less reliable if she were present during Depp's testimony.  She also claimed that actress Heard was not a 'party' in the litigation and therefore did not have to be in court before appearing as a witness.  But Mr Justice Nicol has refused to grant 57-year-old Depp's request, clearing the way for...
    Influencers use Breonna Taylor memes to demand arrest of Louisville police Joblessness falls to 11.1% as more states reopen Johnny Depps Libel Trial Against The Sun Can Proceed © John Phillips/Getty Images for BFI A British judge has decided that Johnny Depp's litigation against The Sun owner News Group Newspapers over a 2018 article in the tabloid that cast him as a "wife beater" can go ahead, setting the stage for a trial starting next week. The publisher of the article looked to defend itself from a defamation claim by proving that Depp did, in fact, beat his ex-wife Amber Heard, causing her to suffer significant injury.  Earlier this year, the case was rocked by some 70,000 messages that were inadvertently disclosed by Depp's law firm in a filing. Examining whether Depp had sufficiently turned over demanded records to News Group's attorneys, the judge gave Depp a few days to disclose additional audio recordings, as well as court papers from the divorce proceedings between Depp and Heard, while stopping short of making Depp produce other items or sanctioning him for...
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