A judge dropped California Rep. Devin Nunes’s defamation lawsuit against CNN.
U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain rejected the lawsuit on Friday, ruling that the California Republican failed to request a retraction in a timely or adequate fashion as needed under state law.
The judge ruled that Nunes did not comply with the retraction requirements under California law, restricting his ability to pursue monetary compensation. The lawmaker, however, had argued that the laws of New York, Virginia, or the District of Columbia should be used to rule in the case because that’s the jurisdiction in which the supposed defamation took place. The lawsuit was originally filed in Virginia.
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“Nunes makes two arguments against the application of California law, and in support of the application of either New York or Virginia law. In his supplemental briefing, Plaintiff argues that New York law should apply because CNN has a substantial presence there and Ward and Cuomo, who are generally