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Federal Judge Rules Against Nunes, Throws Out His $435 Million Lawsuit Against CNN

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) on Friday continued his uninterrupted string of court loses after a federal judge threw out a libel lawsuit filed by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) against CNN over coverage saying he was involved an effort to dig up dirt on now-President Biden regarding dealings with Ukraine. Nunes sought $435 million in damages.

U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain threw out the suit on a technicality. Nunes’s legal team argued that the court should apply the laws of Virginia or Washington, D.C. to the case, while Swain said the laws of Nunes’s home state of California should be applied.

“Plaintiff … argues that, if the Court were to look to the place where he suffered the greatest injury, the laws of either Virginia or the District of Columbia should apply because that is where he performs his role overseeing the activities of the Intelligence Community,” Swain, a Clinton appointee, wrote in her ruling.

“Nunes does not proffer any additional facts that support his conclusory statement that he suffered substantial injury in either Virginia or District of Columbia, much less a greater injury there than in the home state that sends him to Congress as the representative of his district. His Amended Complaint alleges that he is a citizen of California and details his long family ties with, and extensive political service in and for, the state of California and its citizens.”

You can read the ruling here.