Showtime Beats Cayuga Nation's 'Billions' Defamation Suit

Law360 (July 20, 2020, 6:59 PM EDT) -- A New York judge has tossed a defamation suit by the Cayuga Nation and a council member over what they called a negative portrayal of the tribal official in an episode of Showtime's fictional show "Billions," saying they hadn't shown the character was based closely enough on the council member.

Showtime had asked the court in October to toss the suit by the Cayuga Nation and council member Clint Halftown claiming they were defamed by a May 2019 "Billions" episode showing a female character named Jane Halftown operating an illegal casino and bribing public officials. The network contended that the character was a...

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