Alex Jones' Company Faces Defamation Trial Again
An additional defamation lawsuit against InfoWars' parent company was filed on Monday, related to Alex Jones' false claims that Sandy Hook was a hoax in 2012.
The Connecticut families had attempted to get FSS to participate in the state trial, but FSS asked U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Christopher Lopez to deny them. The United States Bankruptcy Code generally protects companies that file for chapter 11 from ongoing lawsuits without the court's permission.
Attorneys for Free Speech Systems (FSS) told a U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas that the company wouldn’t oppose a trial in Connecticut next month, Reuters reported.
There is a possibility that FSS and Jones will be liable for more in damages than they were awarded earlier this month by a Texas jury. The trial is scheduled for September.
In the defamation case brought by the victims' parents, a Texas jury awarded $4.3 million in compensatory damages and $45.2 million in punitive damages on Aug. 5.
The size of the damages was aimed at sending a message after the parents of the children killed at Sandy Hook elementary school were harassed for years by people who believed Jones’s claims about the incident.
30 August 2022