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A Texas jury ordered Alex Jones to pay about $45.2 million for spreading a false conspiracy theory about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The punitive damages come on top of yesterday’s $4.1 million judgment, potentially marking a major blow to Jones’ Infowars media empire. But the number can be greatly reduced by limits built into Texas’ legal code that limit punitive damages for defamation.

The jury returned its verdict Friday after hearing testimony about Jones’ finances — something he claims he took significant steps to obscure. It included an assessment that Jones’ company Free Speech Systems is worth at least $130 million; previous filings indicate that his annual earnings in recent years have been $50 million or more. Jones argued in court that a fine of $2 million or more could “sink” Infowars.

Like Bloomberg explains, Texas law limits punitive damages to twice the level of a defendant’s compensatory economic damages plus a maximum of $750,000 for noneconomic damages. Jones’ attorneys plan to file a motion to reduce the fine based on that rule, something plaintiffs’ attorneys said Bloomberg they will “certainly litigate” if necessary.

It concludes one of three trials involving parents of children who were killed at Sandy Hook in 2012, an event that Jones and other Infowars staff say was staged. The plaintiffs – Scarlett Lewis and Neil Hesslin – sought $150 million.



Alex Jones hit with $45.2 million defamation verdict — but could pay much less – Digital Tech Blog

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