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April 2023

Stop the Steal Organizer’s Narrowed Defamation Claim Proceeds to Discovery

By Matthew Cate
Ruling on a motion to dismiss, Judge Pitman held that an article’s characterizations of plaintiff as a “Jan. 6 Capitol riot organizer” and a person who “helped coordinate the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection” were capable of being proven true or false, and therefore actionable in defamation, and that Bostic adequately pleaded the defendants published them with actual malice.