Northwest Iowa — Thirty different media organizations have filed a “friend of the court” brief in the $77-million lawsuit filed by U.S. Congressman Devin Nunes from California (who has ties to northwest Iowa). The brief says the ruling sets a bad precedent.
California Congressman Devin Nunes filed the suit in Federal District Court in Sioux City over what his lawsuit contends was a “Hit Piece” authored by Esquire writer Ryan Lizza prior to the 2018 congressional elections.
Among other allegations, Nunes says the article falsely alleged that the Nunes family employed undocumented workers at their farm near Sibley.
The suit was dismissed in August 2020. But the 8th Circuit Court Of Appeals ruled in September that there are parts of the suit that deserve to be reconsidered.
The appeals court said that the allegation that Lizza was trying to get more people to read his…