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Wed Oct 9, 2019, 04:50 PM

Watchdog Slams Order Allowing Nunes to Sue Twitter in Virginia

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Nunes’ campaign to saddle his critics with legal fees gets a win. Don’t criticize a Congressman on Twitter if you don’t want an extended, personal tour of Virginia’s court system.



Watchdog Slams Order Allowing Nunes to Sue Twitter in Virginia
October 8, 2019

RICHMOND, Va. (CN) – A government watchdog group blasted a ruling that will keep a defamation lawsuit filed by California Congressman Devin Nunes against Twitter and several users in Virginia state court, warning it could chill free speech. ... “It seems to say anybody from anywhere who’s defamed on the internet, on platforms that can be accessed anywhere in the country, can be sued and sue anywhere in the country even if it has nothing to do with the specific jurisdiction,” Paul Levy, a lawyer with Public Citizen Litigation Group, said in a phone interview. “Injury in Virginia is enough.”

Levy said federal courts had been moving the other way on the issue of personal jurisdiction in online defamation cases, and said he had previously expressed concerns about Nunes’s efforts to bring the defamation case in suburban Richmond court. ... He pointed to Virginia’s weaker strategic lawsuit against public participation, or anti-SLAPP, laws, which makes it more costly to fight against defamation claims and can lead to chilled speech.

Nunes filed the complaint in Henrico County Circuit Court in March against Twitter, the anonymous parody accounts “Devin Nunes’ Mom” and “Devin Nunes’ Cow,” and political consultant Liz Mair. ... The Republican congressman for California’s 22nd District claimed the defendants had taken to the internet to decry his policies and loyalty to President Donald Trump in a defamatory way and that the social media giant is “knowingly hosting and monetizing content that is clearly abusive, hateful and defamatory.”

Henrico County Judge John Marshall said in his Oct. 2 ruling that the posts were made and published in Virginia and the cause of action for defamation arose in Virginia. He also pointed to Twitter’s registered agent in the state, as well as the number of users that live there and the revenue the company pulls in locally as reasons to keep the case in his court.
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Wed Oct 9, 2019, 06:37 PM

1. As public figure

he cannot file a defamation regarding negative comments or public scrutiny,
as HE made the decision to be a spokesman championing the destruction
of America.


Virginia, last time I checked is still a Democratic State. Therefore, Twitter
will be able to bury this turd for good.


What a tool.

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