Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Friday, May 22, 2020

District Court Judge Dismisses OAN Defamation Suit Against Maddow, MSNBC

A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed the lawsuit that Herring Networks, owner of One America News Network, brought against Rachel Maddow and other defendants, based on a statement Ms. Maddow made about the general bent of OAN's content, which the judge quotes in the ruling. 

Herring Networks sued for defamation.  Defendants filed a motion to strike under California's SLAPP statute.

The judge ruled that reasonable viewers familiar with Maddow's views would not take her statements as fact. The judge also considered Maddow's presentation of a Daily Beast article which presented information about OAN, which she held Maddow presented "truthfully and in full." Her analysis is rather extensive. Ultimately the judge dismissed the suit with prejudice. Read the ruling in full here.  More coverage here from the Daily Beast, here from the Times of San Diego.

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