May 22, 2017, "Federal judge rules against BuzzFeed in libel lawsuit over anti-Trump dossier," Washington Times, Rowan Scarborough
federal judge in Florida ruled Monday that a libel lawsuit over the
infamous anti-Donald Trump dossier will remain in her Miami courtroom.
U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro ruled against a motion filed by the defendant Buzzfeed,
which asked that the case be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. The
news website also had sought a change of venue to New York where it is
Buzzfeed posted the complete 35-page dossier written by former British spy Christopher Steele on Jan. 10.
Steele accused Russian-born tech entrepreneur Aleksej Gubarev of taking
part in an elaborate illegal hacking campaign against the Democratic
Party during the 2016 election. Mr. Steele said Mr. Gubarev used botnets
to bombard the Democrats’ computers with porn and bugging devices.
Gubarev, founder of server-provider and Florida-based Webzilla, called
the dossier fiction and filed a libel suit against Buzzfeed.
He also filed a slander suit in London against Mr. Steele, who admitted in a court filing first reported by The Washington Times that he never
verified the charge information.
The dossier was circulated in Washington by Democratic-tied Fusion GPS, which paid Mr. Steele.
Judge Ungaro signed an order dismissing Buzzfeed’s argument that trying the case in Florida presented a hardship for Editor Ben Smith and other employees.
She also ordered Buzzfeed to file an answer to Mr. Gubarev charges by June. 9.
we’re confident that the case is strong no matter where it’s tried, we
like the Southern District of Florida as a venue,” said Evan Fray
Witzer, one of Mr. Gubarev’s attorneys. “They have smart, no-nonsense
judges who like to move cases along quickly, which is what we want. The
faster this case gets to trial, the faster Mr. Gubarev’s good name and
reputation can be vindicated.”
Mr. Gubarev contends that the allegations against him that Buzzfeed posted are false and that no one from the newssite contacted him for his side of the story."
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Defendant BuzzFeed fails in attempt to have libel charges against it in anti-Trump dossier case dismissed. Miami fed. judge says BuzzFeed must respond to Gubarev's libel charges by June 9. Gubarev also has slander lawsuit pending in London against former British spy Christopher Steele-Washington Times, 5/22/17
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