BREAKING: Appeals Court Makes MAJOR Ruling Against Jesse Ventura in Chris Kyle Lawsuit

BREAKING: Appeals Court Makes MAJOR Ruling Against Jesse Ventura in Chris Kyle Lawsuit

About time this wrong was made right. Former Navy SEAL and Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, had the audacity to sue American Sniper, Chris Kyle. For what? For slander, in Kyle’s book…that Jesse claimed defamed him. After Kyle was killed, Ventura wasted no time, and continued on with the lawsuit against Kyle’s wife. In the end, he was awarded $1.8 million. However, now we have learned, that was not the end…

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From Fox News:

A federal appeals court on Monday threw out $1.8 million in damages awarded to former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, who said he was defamed by the late author Chris Kyle in the bestselling book “American Sniper.”

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The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also sent a portion of the case — Ventura’s defamation claim — back to the district court for a new trial, saying Ventura’s attorneys made improper remarks and the trial court “clearly abused its discretion in denying a new trial.”

Messages left with Ventura, his publicist and his attorney were not immediately returned Monday. An attorney for Kyle’s estate had no comment and referred questions to publisher HarperCollins, which said it was reviewing the opinion and had no comment at this time.

Kyle is a former SEAL regarded as the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history with 160 confirmed kills. In his book “American Sniper,” he wrote a subchapter called “Punching Out Scruff Face” in which he describes decking Ventura at a California bar in 2006 after Ventura made offensive comments about SEALs, including that the SEALs “deserve to lose a few” in Iraq.

In 2014, a jury awarded Ventura $500,000 for defamation and $1.3 million for unjust enrichment. Kyle’s widow, Taya Kyle, appealed, asking that the verdict be thrown out or that a new trial be ordered on First Amendment and other grounds. Ventura’s lawyers, however, argued that jury got the verdict right.

In Monday’s ruling, a three-judge appellate panel reversed the unjust-enrichment award, saying the theory of unjust-enrichment “enjoys no legal support under Minnesota law” and fails as a matter of law.

The majority of the judges also vacated the defamation award and sent that portion of the case back to court for a new trial.

What kind of a person moves forward with a lawsuit after the person is deceased by suing the widow? I wonder how that thought process went.

‘Darn! I can’t get money from a dead guy who hurt my feelings! Time to target the grieving widow, make her pay for my grief too!’


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