Court Reinstates Lawsuit Against Fox News
High-Speed Chase Turned Deadly 🚨
Rich's parents sued Fox over its alleged role to link Rich to the DNC email WikiLeaks dump.
No corroborating evidence has yet connected the two.
A three-judge panel of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously Friday that a lower-court judge was wrong to dismiss the suit in which Joel and Mary Rich alleged they were targeted by Fox, its reporter Malia Zimmerman and a wealthy Texas money manager, Ed Butowsky, in a bizarre scheme to drag the Riches’ murdered son into an international controversy over hacked Democratic emails.
The appeals court panel said the Riches’ suit had enough merit — at least on its surface — to allow the case to proceed.
“We have no trouble concluding that — taking their allegations as true — the Riches plausibly alleged what amounted to a campaign of emotional torture,” Judge Guido Calabresi wrote, joined by Judges Christopher Droney and Stefan Underhill.
The Riches’ suit, which named Zimmerman and Butowsky as defendants along with the cable news channel, was not framed as a defamation case, but instead as a complaint for intentional infliction of emotional distress and for interference with a contract the family had with a private investigator who also worked for Fox, Rod Wheeler.