Virginia Supreme Court ends Devin Nunes’ lawsuit against Liz Mair

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The Virginia Supreme Court denied that on Thursday Devin Nunes a chance to appeal a lower court verdict in a long-running defamation feud with a Republican strategist Lisa Mair.

“Having reviewed the records in this case and considered the arguments submitted in support and denial of the appeal, the Court considers that the judgment under appeal contains no reversible error,” Clerk said Muriel Theresa Pitney wrote. “Accordingly, the court dismisses the appeal.”

The upshot of the ruling is that Nune’s years of efforts to sue Mair have ended with a whimper.

“I am pleased to announce today that the Virginia Supreme Court has denied former Rep. Nunes’ appeal motion in his $150 million lawsuit against me (one of two in which he sought a total of $400 million in damages). ‘ Mair wrote in a statement to Law&Crime. “I thank the court for upholding the First Amendment and my — and every American’s — right to free speech.”

Republican former Congressman from San Joauqin Valley submitted, and boisterous in numerous lawsuits is aimed at companies, mediaand anonymous Twitter accounts that he claimed defamed him.

Well got a positive court decision recently.

Thursday’s denial comes in one of two separate lawsuits filed against Mair (and others) in Virginia.

In the present case, Nunes sued Mair and McClatchy, a now-bankrupt media conglomerate, for a Fresno Bee Story titled: “A yacht, cocaine, prostitute: Partially owned Nunes winery sued after fundraiser.” The story, written by Mackenzie Mays, focused on a server’s lawsuit against a winery. The story echoed the server’s uneasiness during the allegedly sex and drug-fuelled cruise, noting that Nunes was involved in the deal. Nunes removed McClatchy from the lawsuit after the company’s bankruptcy proceedings began.

This results in the specific claim against Mair Your Answer to a Nunes tweet in June 2018, in which she wrote: “To be fair I think @fresnobee is listing your investment in a winery that allegedly used underage hookers to solicit investment – a claim from which You’ve known it for years, during which you’ve remained interested, I might add – surprised you.

Albemarle County Circuit Judge as of September 2021 Claude V Worrell Jr dismissed the lawsuit against Mair. His opinion stated that Nunes did not describe the words allegedly used to defame him, that Mair’s statements were not defamatory and “the alleged facts do not support any reasonable conclusion that Mair made any of the alleged statements with the required intent of actual.” made malice”.

Thursday’s terse order from the Old Dominion state supreme court leaves the lower court’s verdict undisturbed.

“I hope this ruling will deter other governments and politicians from using litigation as a bludgeon to suppress freedom of expression,” Mair continued. “This lawsuit has not silenced me, and lawsuits like this should not be allowed to silence other Americans who are exercising their God-given right to free speech, especially when they are doing so to hold their government accountable.” “

In the second and perhaps more famous lawsuit Against Mair, Nunes sued the strategist, her LLC and two anonymous Twitter accounts that parodied a cow that may have belonged to him and his mother.

“While I’ll concede it’s less interesting than a fake, anonymous farm animal on Twitter, this case should still be firmly placed in the history books as an example of how our democratic republic has preserved basic civil liberties and championed freedom ‘ Mair said finally. “I hope that will always be the case, for the good of all Americans.”

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