Judge Zilly ruled that Project Veritas is on the hook for $149,596.90, to be exact. This is the money that Project Veritas owes to pay off Stanford University’s legal fees. It is an important part of this process because the frivolous nature of the lawsuit is very specifically how shadowy-backed groups like Project Veritas try and stop free speech. In his ruling, Judge Zilly pointed out that Stanford’s accounting of what this ridiculous lawsuit cost them was clearly very fair.
Zilly also pointed out once again that Project Veritas’ legal arguments here were as vacuous as every other argument they’ve made in court. One such argument was Veritas’ disputing $20,000 worth of Stanford’s legal fees as they were accrued during research the University’s lawyers did for motions that did not ultimately find their way into the decision. “Although the Court did not ultimately rule on the issue, it would be error for the Court to treat alternative arguments that the Court did not reach as a basis for reducing an attorney fees award.”
One of the arguments Veritas’ lawyers made to try and get out of paying the legal fees was to say they didn’t believe anti-SLAPP laws (SLAPP stands for “strategic lawsuits against public participation”) could be applied federally. Opposing anti-SLAPP laws, saying that they should not apply federally, is arguably the single most anti-free speech position one can take in court.
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