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Court throws out $1.8 million judgment against ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle’s estate (1 Viewer)


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The court vacated the judgment in part by citing a line of questioning and statements made by Ventura’s counsel about the insurance policy covering Kyle’s book, published by HarperCollins. In particular, statements that any money awarded to Ventura would be paid for by the insurance policy, rather than Kyle’s family, were “improper and prejudicial,” according to the new ruling.

The appeals court also found that the district court erred by allowing Ventura’s legal team to ask HarperCollins employees under oath if they were aware that the publisher had paid for an insurance policy that would pay for libel and defamation claims against the Kyle estate. The questions assumed facts that had never been admitted in evidence and made it appear that Kyle’s editor, Peter Hubbard, and publicist, Sharyn Rosenblum, were biased in Kyle’s favor, the higher court found.
Re: Court throws out $1.8 million judgment against ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle’s est

Whether or not the whole getting punched thing was true or not, it was really bad form to go after a widow for something her husband allegedly did. I get he was going after the estate, but it was her estate at that point. Publicly state it was a lie and then let it go. I never would have heard about it if not for the lawsuit.
Re: Court throws out $1.8 million judgment against ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle’s est

Re: Court throws out $1.8 million judgment against ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle’s est

According to NPR one of faults in the case was the amount of money that the publisher was going to pay verse the estate was overstated. This lead to an impression that MS Kyle would pay very little, but in reality her portion was actually a lot.

As for letting it just go, politicians and performers have huge egos. A performer turned politician ego is something I couldn't imagine and doubt that kind of person would be able to let it go.

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