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Date: 01-12-2022

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Sarah Palin v. The New York Times Company

Case Number: 1:17-cv-04853-JSR

Judge: Jed S. Rakoff

Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (New York County)

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Defendant's Attorney: David A. Schulz, Jay Ward Brown, David L. Axelrod, Jacquelyn Nicole Schell, Thomas Byrne Sullivan

Description: New York, New York personal injury lawyers represented Plaintiff, who sued Defendant on a defamation theory claiming to have suffered more than $75,000 in injuries and/or damages as a direct result of the publication by Defendant of information about her that was false.

"Palin sued the New York Times in 2017 after the newspaper published an editorial headlined “America’s Lethal Politics” about a spate of shootings that targeted elected officials in recent years.

The former Alaska governor claimed in her complaint that the piece unfairly linked her to a mass shooting in Arizona that wounded Rep. Gabby Giffords.

Palin claimed the Times defamed her when it “falsely stated as a matter of fact to millions of people that Mrs. Palin incited Jared Loughner’s January 8, 2011, shooting rampage at a political event in Tucson, Arizona, during which he shot nineteen people, severely wounding United States Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords …” The New York Post

Defendant denied wrongdoing and asserted truth in defense.

Recent docket entries:

01/07/2022 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Jed S. Rakoff: Telephone Conference held on 1/7/2022.. The Court denied Plaintiffs motion to adjourn the trial but granted Plaintiffs motion to adjust the sitting times on certain trial days. (Kotowski, Linda) (Entered: 01/07/2022)
01/10/2022 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Jed S. Rakoff:. A telphonic Pretrial Conference set for 1/11/2022 at 02:30 PM before Judge Jed S. Rakoff. The public may access this proceeding by dialing :USA toll free 888-363-4735, international caller paid 215-446-3657, Access code 1086415 (Kotowski, Linda) (Entered: 01/10/2022)
01/10/2022 Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Jed S. Rakoff:. Telephone Conference set for 1/11/2022 at 02:30 PM before Judge Jed S. Rakoff. The public may access this proceeding by dialing :USA toll free 888-363-4735, international caller paid 215-446-3657, Access code 1086415 (Kotowski, Linda) (Entered: 01/10/2022)
01/10/2022 129 MOTION in Limine . Document filed by Sarah Palin. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A).(Vogt, Shane) (Entered: 01/10/2022)
01/10/2022 130 MEMORANDUM OF LAW in Support re: 129 MOTION in Limine . . Document filed by Sarah Palin. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A).(Vogt, Shane) (Entered: 01/10/2022)

(A motions in limine seek rulings in advance of trial on the admissibility of evidence that a party anticipates will be submitted by the opposing party at the time of trial that is collateral to the issues to be tried or might cause confusion or prejudice in brought before the jury.)


Outcome: This case is pending and will be tried soon. The only defense to a libel or slander claim is truth.

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