Thursday, August 01, 2019
SHOCK!!! STATE SEN. DENNING DEFAMATION FIGHT AGAINST KANSAS CITY STAR & STEVE ROSE COULD COST $90K!!!
A worthwhile snippet on the high price of FREE SPEECH and protections against pricey court battles for journalists, pundits and all manner of citizen media.
Also, here's where those donations to Kansas "Conservatives" might be going . . .
KCUR: Overland Park Sen. Denning May Have To Pay $90,000 After Losing Defamation Suit
Money line . . .
The Kansas Public Speech Protection Act, which is meant to discourage lawsuits that chill free speech, allows prevailing parties to recover their costs of litigation and “reasonable attorney fees.”
The Star’s attorney, Bernie Rhodes of the Lathop Gage law firm in Kansas City, told KCUR that his tab ran to about $40,000 — although Rhodes said Denning is contesting it, which could drive up his fees even more. And Rose’s attorney, Eric Weslander of Stevens & Brand in Lawrence, told KCUR his fees amounted to about $48,000.
“Sen. Denning should have quit while he was behind and dropped his claim against Steve Rose after the court’s ruling on July 2 granting the Star’s motion to strike,”
Developing . . .