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Alex Jones Spent $93K in July, Has Paid Sandy Hook Families $0

Infowars founder has filed for bankruptcy, seeking to dodge $1.5B settlement

(Newser) - As Alex Jones continues telling his Infowars audience about his money problems and pleads for them to buy his products, his own documents show life isn't that bad—his net worth is around $14 million and his personal spending topped $93,000 in July alone, reports the AP . That...

E. Jean Carroll Prevails in Trump Defamation Case

Trial that begins in January will consider only how much, not if, he owes her

(Newser) - E. Jean Carroll notched another legal victory against former President Trump on Wednesday, reports CNBC , with a federal judge ruling that Trump is liable in her defamation case against him. "The jury found that Mr. Trump knew that his statement that Ms. Carroll lied about him sexually assaulting her...

A Posh NYC Hotel Claims Teen Sought Bizarre Revenge

The Mark has sued Theodore Weintraub for defamation

(Newser) - As far as defamation cases go, it's a wacky one: One of Manhattan's poshest hotels has sued a 19-year-old, alleging that he repeatedly tried to use a fake ID at its bar years ago—and then came back seeking revenge. The New York Times reports that in August...

Hunter Biden's Lawyer Has a Cease-and-Desist for Trump

Attorney's letter tells former president to quit his attacks on Biden, noting they could incite violence

(Newser) - Former President Trump continues to take online potshots at Hunter Biden, including most recently suggesting Biden should've received a "death sentence" instead of a plea deal on charges regarding federal tax offenses and illegally possessing a firearm. Now, the current president's son is signaling that he's...

Trump Loses 'Immunity' Bid to End Carroll's Lawsuit

Judge rules attacks on writer have nothing to do with presidential duties

(Newser) - The argument that "presidential immunity" protects Donald Trump from E. Jean Carroll's defamation lawsuit went nowhere with a federal judge, who forcefully rejected it Thursday. Trump's "personal attacks" on Carroll have no connection to "any official responsibility of the president," US District Judge Lewis...

Arizona GOPer on Lake Suit: She Must Be 'Held Accountable'

Maricopa County recorder Stephen Richer says ex-governor candidate's lies hurt him, many others

(Newser) - Like an Energizer Bunny custom-built for election denialism, Kari Lake continues to press on with her repeatedly debunked claim that Arizona's governor seat was stolen from her last November. Now she's being sued for her false remarks, by a fellow Arizona Republican who says he's had enough...

A Decade of Legal Battles Between Kesha, Dr. Luke Is Over

Suits, countersuits that started in 2014 have all been settled

(Newser) - After nearly 10 years, the legal battle between Kesha and Dr. Luke is over. The pop star had, in 2014, sued the music producer, claiming he drugged and raped her while they were working together. He countersued, and a series of other claims and counterclaims followed. But on Thursday, both...

Appeals Court Has Bad News for 'Central Park Karen'

That court dismisses suit against firm that fired Amy Cooper after she called cops on Black birder

(Newser) - In September, US District Judge Ronnie Abrams dismissed a suit from Amy Cooper—a white woman fired from her job after calling 911 on a Black bird-watcher in NYC's Central Park—against her former employer. On Thursday, an appeals court upheld that decision, ruling that Cooper's complaint, in...

Judge Says Decorated Australian Veteran Committed War Crimes

Ben Roberts-Smith loses defamation case

(Newser) - Ben Roberts-Smith, Australia's most decorated living veteran, has lost his defamation case against three newspapers that reported that he had committed war crimes in Afghanistan. After a year-long, high-profile trial, federal Justice Anthony Besanko determined that the newspapers have proven that the former Special Air Services had committed war...

War Hero or War Criminal? Big Australian Case Nears End
A War Hero's Potential Fall
Rivets Australia
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A War Hero's Potential Fall Rivets Australia

Decorated soldier Ben Roberts-Smith sued newspapers over claims he killed civilians, unarmed captives

(Newser) - Ben Roberts-Smith of Australia is his nation's most decorated living war veteran, notes the Guardian . But three Australian newspapers printed allegations the 44-year-old is also a war criminal who unlawfully killed six Afghans who were either unarmed prisoners or civilians. Now, after a dramatic and months-long trial that has...

Private Investigator Can't Find Ex-Trump Lawyer for Subpoena

Avid tweeter Jenna Ellis, of 'no discernable address,' has evaded multiple serving attempts

(Newser) - Jenna Ellis has been active on the media landscape as of late, giving interviews and tweeting up a storm . Yet those seeking to serve the former Trump lawyer with legal papers say she can't be found. Lawyers representing two Georgia election workers in a defamation lawsuit against another former...

Jury in Trump's Rape Trial Begins Deliberations

Both sides presented closing arguments Monday

(Newser) - A jury in New York City is set to begin deliberations Tuesday in a civil trial over advice columnist E. Jean Carroll's claims that Donald Trump raped her in a luxury Manhattan department store in 1996, the AP reports. US District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan will read instructions on...

Friend Told E. Jean Carroll, 'He'll Bury You'

'To get my day in court finally is everything,' says writer who accuses Donald Trump of rape

(Newser) - A "very funny situation" in the Bergdorf Goodman department store developed into anything but when Donald Trump followed E. Jean Carroll into a dressing room and raped her in 1996, the writer testified in court Wednesday. Breaking down in tears at various points during the hours-long testimony, the former...

Murdoch Avoided the Stand, but Worse Could Be Coming
Despite Settlement, Nightmare
May Not Be Over for Fox
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Despite Settlement, Nightmare May Not Be Over for Fox

'Time' suggests Fox Corporation's board could face 'serious claims of negligence'

(Newser) - Rupert Murdoch was saved from taking the stand when Fox News agreed to "the largest publicly disclosed payout to settle a media libel case in the US" on Tuesday, per the Guardian . Dominion Voting Systems, which accused Fox of knowingly spouting false claims that its systems were used to...

Fox Settlement Among Biggest in History

But it doesn't include an apology to Dominion

(Newser) - Fox reached a $787.5 million settlement with Dominion Voting Systems Tuesday, avoiding a trial at the last minute with what is believed to be the biggest defamation settlement in US history. The New York Times reports that while the terms of settlements aren't always publicly disclosed, the only...

Judge Denies Trump Request to Delay Rape, Defamation Trial

Trial over E. Jean Carroll's allegations is slated to begin April 25

(Newser) - So far, at least, former President Trump's rape and defamation civil trial is not being delayed. After lawyer Joe Tacopina requested a delay due to Trump's historic indictment, another Trump lawyer made a separate request for a delay—but a judge on Thursday rejected that one, CBS News...

Fox Settles Defamation Case Involving Lou Dobbs

Venezuelan businessman sued over election-fraud allegations raised on host's show

(Newser) - Fox News has settled a defamation case involving former host Lou Dobbs and his allegations of a rigged 2020 election. Lawyers for the network and Venezuelan businessman Majed Khalil informed a federal judge in New York over the weekend that they had settled the case, reports the Hill . No financial...

Maine's Lobster Industry Is Up in Claws

Sues a California aquarium for recommending that consumers avoid lobster due to harm to whales

(Newser) - A coalition representing the Maine lobster industry is suing an aquarium on the other side of the country for recommending that seafood customers avoid buying a variety of lobster mostly harvested in their state, reports the AP . Industry groups including the Maine Lobstermen's Association are suing the Monterey Bay...

Access Hollywood Tape Can Be Used Against Trump

Judge says the recording alone could convince jury of sexual abuse attempts

(Newser) - E. Jean Carroll, who is suing former President Donald Trump, won on a couple of issues in federal court on Friday. District Judge Lewis Kaplan decided that Carroll, who accuses Trump of raping her in the 1990s, can use the 2005 Access Hollywood recording in court in which the former...

Tucker Carlson on Trump: 'There Isn't Really an Upside'

Latest round of private texts, messages revealed in court filings around Dominion suit against Fox

(Newser) - We've already seen some court filings released in Dominion Voting Systems' $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, and now a new round has dropped—this time revealing intense feelings from Tucker Carlson against former President Trump. The Daily Beast reports that hundreds of pages of new internal...

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