Another one of Rep. Devin Nunes’ (R-Calif.) frivolous lawsuits went down in flames this week after the judge overseeing the case warned him to actually provide evidence of defamation or it would be dismissed.
As part of a deluge of lawsuits against media outlets such as McClatchy and social media accounts, Nunes filed a defamation lawsuit against Esquire for accurately reporting that the Nunes family sold their farm in California in 2007 and started a new one in Iowa even as Nunes continues to call himself a dairy farmer.
Nunes is demanding $25 million in damages, an outrageous amount designed to financially hurt Esquire and force the publication to retract the truth so Nunes can continue peddling his lies without challenge.
U.S. District Judge C.J. Williams, however, could not find any defamation against him in the report, so he issued a 20-page ruling warning him to provide actual evidence or the case will be dismissed.
“If plaintiffs do not file an amended complaint, the court may dismiss this matter without further action by defendants,” the ruling states. “The remainder of plaintiffs’ complaint is bereft of any factual allegations pertaining to the truth or falsity of the challenged statements. Rather, the remainder of plaintiffs’ complaint is conclusory in nature. Without knowing which of the facts plaintiffs allege are actually false, defendants are left not knowing how to answer the complaint.”
This ruling is yet another blow to Nunes and his attempt to silence media outlets from telling the truth about him. Nunes lost a defamation lawsuit earlier this year when the judge tossed it for similar reasons. He and his lawyer also face sanctions for filing the frivolous lawsuits.
Clearly, Nunes is going to lose most, if not all, of the lawsuits he has filed. He thought he could bully media outlets and social media users into submission but they have all stood up against him and are making him waste time and money humiliating himself because they are all protected by the First Amendment.
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