A federal judge has dismissed a $435 million libel suit that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) filed against CNN, rejecting his claim that he was defamed over a report on his contacts with a Ukrainian prosecutor.
U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain wrote in her opinion that Nunes failed to demand a retraction from CNN, a key element in pursuing libel cases in California.
She had ruled that as a California resident, Nunes was bound by state law that then limited him to seeking special damages, like the loss of property or business. But she said that he failed to show that in his complaint, nor did he plausibly claim that the network engaged in a conspiracy to defame him.
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Judge Swain has dismissed the Devin Nunes lawsuit against CNN, but the cases against @DevinCow and @NunesAlt rage on. When elected officials financed by shadowy interests can persecute private citizens for free expression, the First Amendment means nothing. pic.twitter.com/r7FnBJqWOt
— HISTORY FALLS APART (@historyfalls) February 19, 2021
Another Devin Nunes lawsuit fizzles. This one v. CNN over claims Nunes sought to dig up Ukraine-related dirt on Joe Biden https://t.co/2cCiFmFob3
— Josh Gerstein (@joshgerstein) February 19, 2021