Maddow Says $50M Defamation Suit Stifles Free Speech

Law360, New York (April 17, 2012, 3:27 PM EDT) -- NBCUniversal Inc. asked a Washington federal court on Monday to toss a Christian political activist's $50 million defamation lawsuit accusing MSNBC host Rachel Maddow of portraying him as an advocate of violence against homosexuals, saying the lawsuit seeks to limit free speech.

NBC, MSNBC and Maddow said in a motion to dismiss that Bradlee Dean's suit falls under the protection of the District of Columbia's anti-Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation statute, which supports the dismissal of the activist's allegations of defamation.

“This lawsuit, dressed as an...
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Case Information

Case Title

DEAN et al v. NBC UNIVERSAL et al

Case Number



District Of Columbia

Nature of Suit

Assault Libel & Slander


Richard J. Leon

Date Filed

February 20, 2012

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