The New York Times (NYT) has filed a lawsuit against Peter Brimelow to recover attorney fees for a defamation action he filed against them in 2020 in the Southern District of New York (SDNY). After the defamation action was dismissed, New York expanded its anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) law. Mr. Brimelow appealed his case to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and then to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). The Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of Mr. Brimelow’s defamation complaint, and SCOTUS denied Mr. Brimelow’s petition for certiorari.
The NYT filed a suit against Mr. Brimelow based on his actions in the underlying defamation case after the new anti-SLAPP law was passed in New York. Mr. Brimelow then filed an anti-SLAPP motion against the NYT’s complaint requesting the recovery of attorney fees. The court granted Mr. Brimelow’s anti-SLAPP motion, which means that the NYT cannot recover attorney fees from Mr. Brimelow.
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