Judge Dismisses Robert Malone Vs. Washington Post Defamation Lawsuit
Criticizes and Warns Malone About Further Defamation Suits
Judge Norman K. Moon—who is also presiding over Malone’s case against Dr. Peter and Ginger Breggin and Dr. Jane Ruby—ordered the dismissal of Dr. Robert Malone’s defamation lawsuit against The Washington Post on September 28, 2023.
Specifically, Judge Moon directed the clerk of the court to “STRIKE this case from the docket.” He invoked Virgina’s Anti-SLAPP law which allows a judge to dismiss a case deemed without merit, essentially throwing it out of the court. At his discretion in an Anti-SLAPP suit, the judge can also require the plaintiff to pay the defendant’s legal fees. But Judge Moon decided not to require this of Malone, in part because the newspaper’s resources are so much larger than Malone’s.
In dismissing Malone’s lawsuit against the newspaper, Judge Moon pointed out that Malone’s lawsuit was dealing with COVID-19 and the vaccines, matters of serious public interest, which were protected by the First Amendment and should not be stifled. He also found that Malone failed to document malice on the part of The Washington Post.
However, the judge was critical of Malone and issued a strong warning to Malone about continuing to bring defamation actions:
Nonetheless, the Court notes that Plaintiff [Dr. Malone] has filed repeated defamation cases14 and is represented by a lawyer [Steven Biss] who has sued Defendant [The Washington Post] three times in the past three years.15 And if Plaintiff [Dr. Malone] continues to bring defamation actions like those that have been dismissed, there will come a time when his lawsuits might fairly be deemed frivolous and awarding attorney fees is appropriate.
Footnote 14 above specifically cites the case against the Breggins and Dr. Jane Ruby: “14 See, e.g., Malone v. Twitter, Inc., 2022 WL 14835110 (Cal. Super. Sept. 28, 2022); Malone v. Breggin, No. 3:22-cv-63 (W.D. Va. Oct. 30, 2022).” [Emphases added.] Footnote 15 is related to cases by attorney Biss that do not involve Dr. Malone.
See the documents below.
On a related topic, Malone’s attorney, Steven Biss, was hospitalized some time ago and is reportedly in a coma or very ill. On Monday, September 25, 2023, Malone requested three months’ time to find a new lawyer but did so long after the lawyer’s condition was leaked to the public. Judge Moon granted Malone only one month to find a new lawyer.
At present, Robert Malone’s case against Dr. Peter and Ginger Breggin and Dr. Jane Ruby is still alive, waiting for Malone to get a new lawyer. The appearance of a new attorney will considerably prolong the case and generate new costs and require more time and energy, while continuing to threaten and suppress freedom of speech, especially in the health freedom movement.
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