A Texas jury has ordered Alex Jones to pay about $45.2 million for spreading false conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The punitive damages are on top of yesterday’s $4.1 million judgment, which could be a major blow to Jones’ Infowars media empire. But that number could be significantly reduced by restrictions in Texas law and regulation that limit damages for defamation penalties.
The jury reached its verdict Friday after hearing testimony about Jones’ finances – which it said were his significant steps have been taken Vague.it including assessment Jones’ company, Free Speech Systems, is worth at least $130 million; previous testimony indicates that it has made $50 million or more in annual revenue in recent years. Jones claimed in court that a fine of $2 million or more could “sink” the information war.
as Bloomberg explain, Texas law limits punitive damages to twice each defendant’s financial damages plus noneconomic damages up to a maximum of $750,000.Jones’ attorneys plan to apply for finer reduction under the rule, plaintiffs’ attorneys tell Bloomberg If necessary, they “will certainly file a lawsuit”.
That ends one of three trials involving the parents of children killed in Sandy Hook in 2012, which Jones and other Infowars employees claim to have staged. The plaintiffs — Scarlett Lewis and Neil Hesling — seek $150 million in damages.