Coal Suit Against HBO's John Oliver ‘Ridiculous,’ ACLU Says

Law360, New York (August 2, 2017, 5:54 PM EDT) -- The ACLU of West Virginia Foundation came to the defense of comedian John Oliver on Tuesday in a defamation suit over his HBO segment blasting coal magnate Bob Murray, calling the case “ridiculous” and an affront to free speech.

A graphic of Bob Murray beside Dr. Evil, a character from the Austin Powers movies, included in the ACLU brief. While Murray's complaint objected to Oliver's comparing Murray to Dr. Evil, the ACLU brief said that "truth is an absolute defense to a claim of defamation." In...
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