OPINION AND EDITORIAL
An Eastern District of Virginia federal judge has dismissed a very public and controversial lawsuit involving allegations of a woman having an affair with Lt. General. Michael Flynn, USA (ret.). Interesting that the judge notes “Hollywood film maker” Jason Goodman.
Above: Lt. General. Michael Flynn, USA (ret.). (yellow circle)
Both the original complaint and the Amended Complaint began with this extremely offensive and inappropriate characterization of Halper. That sentence, and many other unnecessary statements in the complaint, are examples of plaintiff’s counsel’s over-heated rhetoric, which has led another judge in this district to chastise him, on threat of sanctions, for engaging in ad hominem attacks against another defendant. Steele v. Goodman, No. 3:17-cv-601, 2019 WL 3367983, at *3 (E.D. Va. July 25, 2019).
A judge dismissed the $25 million lawsuit brought against Stefan Halper & several media orgs, including NYT, by Svetlana Lokhova. The judge threatened her attorney, Steven Biss, with sanctions if he makes further "inappropriate" and "frivolous" filings. https://t.co/PLuv2aGP16 pic.twitter.com/v1BYw6LLjY
— Charlie Savage (@charlie_savage) February 28, 2020
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U.S. District Court
Eastern District of Virginia – (Alexandria)
CIVIL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 1:19-cv-00632-LMB-JFA
|Lokhova vs. Halper, et al.
Assigned to: District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema
Referred to: Magistrate Judge John F. Anderson
Cause: 28:1332 Diversity-Libel, Assault, Slander
|Date Filed: 05/23/2019
Date Terminated: 02/27/2020
Jury Demand: Plaintiff
Nature of Suit: 320 Assault Libel & Slander
|Svetlana Lokhova||represented by||Steven Scott Biss
Law Office of Steven S. Biss
P O Box 592
Richmond, VA 23219
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED
|02/27/2020||90||MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema on 2/27/2020. (rban, ) (Entered: 02/27/2020)|
|02/27/2020||91||ORDERED the motions to dismiss filed by Stefan Halper, Dow Jones & Company, Inc. d/b/a the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times Company, WP Company, LLC d/b/a the Washington Post, and NBCUniversal Media LLC d/b/a MSNBC 58 , 61 , 63 , 64 , and 68 are GRANTED; Halper’s Motion for Sanctions 35 and Motion for Leave to File Supplemental Memorandum in Support of Sanctions Motion 85 are DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE; that the Amended Complaint 52 be and is DISMISSED. Signed by District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema on 2/27/2020. (rban, ) (Entered: 02/27/2020)|
Pursuant to the order of this Court entered on 2/27/2020 and in accordance with Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 58, JUDGMENT is hereby entered in favor of the defendants and against the plaintiff. (rban, ) (Entered: 02/27/2020)
PRIOR SANCTIONS REQUEST
To be continued….
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