Federal judge dismisses one of Sandmann’s frivolous lawsuits

Source: Louisville Courier Journal

“A federal judge has dismissed a massive libel lawsuit filed by former Covington Catholic student Nicholas Sandmann against Gannett, the parent company of USA TODAY and The Courier Journal, and four other national media outlets, saying they reported opinion protected by the First Amendment. Sandmann sued Gannett and five of its publications — USA TODAY, the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Detroit Free Press, The Courier Journal and the Tennessean — seeking $195 million. He also sued seven other media organizations, including the New York Times, ABC News, CBS News and Rolling Stone magazine, seeking a combined $1.25 billion for what he argued were defamatory media reports of his confrontation with Native American rights activist Nathan Phillips at the Lincoln Memorial in January 2019. … The Washington Post, NBC and CNN had previously [made extortion payments to] Sandmann.” (07/27/22)