OAN loses appeal against Madou and must pay MSNBC at least $ 250,000

Theo Wargo

Theo Wargo

Fringe right wing network One America News Losing its defamation proceedings against MSNBC and star host Rachel Maddow on Tuesday, the Panel upheld a previous federal court ruling against OAN demanding that the defendant pay $ 250,000 in legal fees.

OAN, owned by Herring Networks, 2019 after MSNBC Star said at the show that Trump Boost Network was “paid Russian propaganda” and her remarks were “malicious and totally wrong.” In July of the year, he first sued Madou for $ 10 million.

Madou’s comment, however, was based on The Daily Beast story detailing how OAN employs Christian LooseA reporter who also worked at the media outlet Sputnik, owned by the Kremlin, a well-known Russian-backed propaganda provider. Meanwhile, MSNBC lawyers argued that Madou’s remarks were “protected opinions based on disclosed facts,” adding that her commentary “particularly pointed out” that the OAN reporter was paid by Sputnik. rice field.

May 2020, Judge abandoned OAN’s defamation proceedings, Judge Cynthia Bashant of the US District Court ruled that there was no set of facts to support the allegations of defamation under Madou’s statement. The judge also noted that OAN never claimed that the facts of The Daily Beast’s story were defamatory and did not challenge any of the underlying facts that Madou presented in her program. ..

After MSNBC and Madou later demanded that the right-wing channel pay a $ 350,000 attorney’s fee The court permanently dismissed the proceedings this February He awarded MSNBC and Maddow a total of $ 247,667.50.

However, as of the February ruling, OAN President Charles Herring said, ” [legal] The court has reduced the fee. “

“The proceedings are currently being appealed and I am confident that the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will give a favorable ruling,” he added.Herring’s appeal was also based on a district court ruling in favor of Madou. Anti SLAPP motion Against OAN.

Not only on Tuesday, but so on OAN. You may actually have to pay more at the attorney’s fees To pull the process out in court.

and A detailed ruling that breaks down all legal arguments in the Herring NetworkThe Federal Court of Appeals upheld the district court’s decision to withdraw OAN’s complaint and dismiss Channel’s defamation proceedings prejudicedly in accordance with California’s anti-SLAPP law.

“Looking at the proposal, the Panel determined that Madou’s statement was sufficient to qualify as protected speech under the First Amendment,” the court ruling said. “The disputed statement was a clear exaggeration and was buffered by an indisputable news article. This statement can be reasonably understood as meaning an objective assertion of fact. It wasn’t defamation because I couldn’t do it. “

The panel added, “Since Herring did not seek amendments, the district court did not abuse the discretion to dismiss the complaint without permission to amend. If so, the amendments would have been in vain.”

This isn’t the only bad legal news OAN has recently received.Dominion voting system Recently filed a $ 1.3 billion defamation proceedingAlleges that the network deliberately forged a false allegation of the company’s voting machine that it had fraudulently elected Donald Trump.The network has recently doubled by pushing for fraudulent election plots and promoting and providing uninterrupted live coverage. “Cyber ​​Symposium” Hosted by My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell Dominion is also suing..

OAN did not immediately respond to the request for comment. MSNBC declined when The Daily Beast arrived.

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