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    CNN Settles Nick Sandmann Lawsuit

    CNN Settles Nick Sandmann Lawsuit

    The settlement was announced in court today, but the dollar amount was not disclosed.

    CNN has settled the lawsuit brought by Nicholas Sandmann over coverage of the incident in which Sandmann falsely was accused of trying to intimidate a Native American activist, according to local TV reports. Sandmann filed lawsuits against CNN, The Washington Post, and NBC. Initially the lawsuits were dismissed, but recently a portion of the lawsuits were reopened by the court and all three lawsuits were reactivated.

    FOX 19 in Kentucky reports:

    CNN agreed Tuesday to settle a lawsuit with Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann.

    The amount of the settlement was not made public during a hearing at the federal courthouse in Covington, Kentucky.

    This post will be updated as more information becomes available.


    Sandmann’s attorney has confirmed the settlement:

    An attorney for the family of Nick Sandmann says a settlement has been reached in a lawsuit against CNN….

    Sandmann’s attorney, Todd McMurtry, would not discuss details of the settlement, simply saying that a settlement had been reached Tuesday afternoon.

    CNN also confirms the settlement:

    The Cable News Network (CNN) has reached a settlement with Nick Sandmann, a Covington Catholic High School student who had sued the news outlet saying it defamed him.

    A CNN spokesperson confirmed Tuesday with The Enquirer that a settlement was reached.

    The network would not comment on the details of the settlement.


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    CaptTee | January 8, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    Anyone want to bet on how long it takes for the settlement amount to leak out?

    Better yet, we should start a pool to guess the date.

    Septimus | January 8, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    (First: thanks for a great website! I especially appreciate the Oberlin/Gibson family coverage!)

    This outcome fascinates me, and as I’m not an attorney and don’t have the time or expertise to “game” out all this, I’d be really interested if this website, or someone else, would explore the following:

    1) What can be read between the lines about the nature of the settlement and how worried CNN was?

    2) Does a non-disclosure agreement mean that neither party can even acknowledge the existence of the NDA? Can either party say, for example, that “yes, there is one, but it wasn’t our idea…”?

    3) How likely is it that someone at CNN leaks details of this? (I’m assuming that Sandmann’s attorneys would have absolutely no reason to leak it…)

    4) How likely is it that CNN would settle for a multi-million-dollar amount? Yes, on the one hand, the network might fear discovery; but on the other hand, existing first amendment law gives news media a lot of leeway (too much, some argue). Also, $275 million seemed, to this inexpert observer, an extreme amount. If the original ask was wildly high, then it wouldn’t give a meaningful indicator of the settlement, would it? (That said, I find it unlikely it was a token amount, either.)

    Anyway…while I appreciate the observations of the commenters, these would seem to be good fodder for another post by LI’s resident scholars. Thanks in advance!

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