Devin Nunes ‘aide and attorney’ ordered to pay CNN’s legal fees after falsehood filled suit is thrown out


Raw Story: The Merced Sun-Star is reporting that a close aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and his lawyer been sanctioned over their continuing efforts to sue CNN.

The report notes that Nunes’ senior aide Derek Harvey and his attorney Steven S. Biss — who also took part in representing the GOP lawmaker in his suits against CNN, the Washington Post and Twitter — have been told by Judge Richard Bennett of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland that they must pay the “legal fees in a lawsuit they filed against CNN regarding a news story about the California congressman.”

“Judge Richard Bennett of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland dismissed Harvey’s lawsuit in February, finding Harvey had failed to prove any statements were ‘materially false,'” the report states. “Bennett handed down sanctions against Harvey and Biss after they filed an amended complaint seeking to have him reconsider his dismissal of the lawsuit.”

According to the judge, the amended complaint didn’t pass legal muster.

“This Court finds that Plaintiff Harvey’s filing of the Amended Complaint unreasonably multiplied the proceedings in this case, and this Court is satisfied that it is appropriate to impose a sanction as to the Plaintiff and his counsel under this court’s inherent authority and (federal law),” the judge ruled, adding, “In fact, this Court was hard pressed to see how several of the allegedly defamatory statements cited in Harvey’s original Complaint had much to do with the Plaintiff at all, as they focused almost entirely on the actions of Congressman Nunes.”

In summary, the judge ruled that Harvey and Biss are to pay CNN’s court costs and legal fees, saying the amended complaint was filed in “bad faith.”


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  1. I’m no fan of Eric Swalwell but it’s a pity he can’t sue his fellow Congressman who keep asserting he should be removed from the Intel Committee ‘because he’s compromised’ and McCarthy even throws in, ‘after what I have seen’ but cannot divulge.
    Swalwell makes my skin crawl but as far as I can see he was targeted by the Chinese govt for covert Intel gathering and once he was informed that his squeeze was a foreign agent he broke it off. If we boot govt employees just for being targeted then we give foreign govts the power to boot anyone they don’t like.

    BTW I’m fine with making it a general rule, ‘to serve on the Intel Committee, you cannot have an intimate relationship with any foreign national’ and this would include Israelis and Brits, our so-called special friends.

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