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Judge in Trump Dossier Lawsuit Rules in Favor of BuzzFeed

Judge in Trump Dossier Lawsuit Rules in Favor of BuzzFeed
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By    |   Thursday, 21 December 2017 04:51 PM

The judge in a libel lawsuit involving BuzzFeed and the controversial Trump dossier ruled Thursday the website does not have to reveal its source for the document.

According to Law & Crime, U.S. District Court Judge John J. O'Sullivan said BuzzFeed is not legally compelled to disclose its source. The dossier was compiled by a former British spy and contained scandalous — and unverified — claims about President Donald Trump.

BuzzFeed published the document in January, 10 days before Trump was sworn in as president.

O'Sullivan cited Florida's shield law in making his ruling. The law stipulates media companies only have to reveal their sources if the cases meet certain conditions. In this case, a defamation lawsuit filled against BuzzFeed by Russian tech executive Aleksej Gubarev, the judge ruled there are not enough reasons to reveal the source.

Gubarev is mentioned on the last page of the dossier.

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