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Lawyers Say Sandy Hook Families Can Resume Lawsuits Against Alex Jones

Lawyers Say Sandy Hook Families Can Resume Lawsuits Against Alex Jones

Families of the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre will be dismissed from the InfoWars bankruptcy case, allowing them to resume their defamation lawsuits against the website’s owner, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, attorneys said in court on Friday.

Lawyers for the families had accused the far-right-wing website of seeking Chapter 11 protection in Texas for “sinister purposes”, and sought to have the bankruptcy dismissed based on their allegations that the case was not filed for a valid purpose under bankruptcy law. InfoWars holding company, InfoW LLC, and two other media assets owned by Jones filed for Chapter 11 on April 17th after Jones and his media companies were found liable in multiple defamation lawsuits brought in Texas and Connecticut by families of the shooting victims.

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The families had rejected an offer from Jones in late March to settle their defamation lawsuits. He offered $120,000 to each of the 13 plaintiffs, which they rejected as a “desperate attempt” to escape accountability for his “deceitful, profit-driven campaign” against the Sandy Hook families. They also contend that Jones deliberately tried to force them into settlements instead of proceeding with trials. Jones is trying to avoid testifying in a trial that will determine the monetary value of damages the families are owed for defamation judgments relating to Jones’ false claims that the school mass shooting was a hoax.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Lopez said he had “hoped for a resolution” but would continue to prepare for a May 27th hearing on whether the bankruptcy case should be dismissed. InfoWars attorney Kyun Lee said the dispute is “close to being resolved” by allowing the families to withdraw their claims against the bankrupt InfoWars entities and resume litigation against defendants who aren’t bankrupt, like Alex Jones.

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