After having two lawsuits dismissed over a parody Twitter account run by a “cow,” Republican congressman Devin Nunes, of California, decided to file yet another lawsuit against Twitter and a specific user —this time over negative comments posted on the social media platform about him.
Back in June of this year, Nunes had two lawsuits dismissed in a Virginia courtroom when Judge John Marshall of the Henrico County Circuit Court in Virginia ruled Twitter could not be sued due to the Communications Decency Act, which states social media companies cannot be held legally liable for content posted on their platforms.
That didn’t stop the California lawmaker — who previously asked for $250 million in damages — from filing yet another lawsuit that was long on accusations but short on evidence.
According to the Fresno Bee, Nunes’s attorney filed the suit in Tulare County Superior Court in October alleging that Benjamin Paul Meredith, “… runs a network of anonymous Twitter accounts that stalk (Nunes) 24 hours, every day. Nunes says the accounts have posted ‘thousands’ of comments threatening him, posting his personal information and encouraging others to harass him.”
In response, Meredith “filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit under California’s anti-SLAPP law, which discourages frivolous lawsuits.”
According to The Bee, Nunes is attempting to sue Twitter along with Meredith by accusing the company of “aiding and abetting Meredith’s unlawful acts,” while alleging hundreds of other Twitter accounts are also harassing him.
The news outlet notes that the lawsuit does not contain evidence — in the form of quoted tweets — that are the basis of his accusations, but did include mention of a video posted to Twitter in September that showed Nunes maskless on an airplane as the woman who recorded the encounter asked him, “Sued any more cows lately? Moo. Moo.”
You can see the video below.
Devin Nunes gets mocked for his fear of fictional cows while being a typical GOP moron and wearing a mask like a chinstrap on a @Delta plane…so definitely don’t tag @DevinNunes while retweeting this #WearAMask properly! pic.twitter.com/Te9MxC8YZ0
— Icculus The Brave (@FirenzeMike) September 2, 2020