A federal appeals court on Friday revived a lawsuit against Fox News Network by the parents of Seth Rich, a former Democratic aide whose unsolved murder sparked uncorroborated conspiracy theories.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said Joel and Mary Rich could sue Fox News for causing emotional distress and other harm by publishing a May 16, 2017 article claiming that their son had leaked Democratic National Committee emails to WikiLeaks, implying that the leaks were related to his death.
Fox News, a unit of Fox Corp, retracted the article a week later, saying it fell short of its standards, but some leading conservatives and on-air guests discussed it for months. His parents said the Fox article about him left them with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety disorder.
A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit by the family of Seth Rich against Fox News
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