Bloomberg Law
Feb. 8, 2021, 3:17 PMUpdated: Feb. 9, 2021, 2:26 AM

OAN to Pay MSNBC $250,000 in Fees After Losing Maddow Suit (1)

Peter Hayes
Peter Hayes

One America News Network and its owner Herring Networks Inc. must pay $250,000 in attorneys’ fees to Rachel Maddow and MSNBC and its owner Comcast Corp. to cover the cost of defending a defamation suit over Maddow’s statement that the news outlet is “paid Russian propaganda,” the Southern District of California ruled.

Maddow won dismissal of OAN’s suit in May under California’s Anti-Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (Anti-SLAPP) law, after the court found the contested statement is “opinion and rhetorical hyperbole protected under the First Amendment.”

Anti-SLAPP laws are meant to assist parties who are sued after speaking out about ...

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