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ABC News, Gannett Face Claims by Covington Catholic Student (1)

March 3, 2020, 3:23 PMUpdated: March 3, 2020, 7:38 PM

Walt Disney Co. subsidiary ABC News Inc. and Gannett Co. are the latest companies to be sued over coverage of a 2019 interaction between a Covington Catholic school student and a Native American elder on the National Mall.

The defamation suits, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, come on the heels of a January 2019 confidential settlement of similar claims against CNN.

Attorneys for Nicholas Sandmann, in court papers filed in February, announced his intent to sue ABC News, CBS News, Gannett Co., Rolling Stone, and the New York Times by March 9 ...