A federal appeals court gave the family of “American Sniper” Chris Kyle some much-needed good news on Monday when they threw out $1.8 million in damages awarded to former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, who claimed he was defamed by Kyle in the bestselling book “American Sniper.”
According to Young Conservatives, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also sent Ventura’s defamation claim back to the lower courts for a new trial, stating that Ventura’s attorneys made improper remarks and the trial court “clearly abused its discretion in denying a new trial.”
Back in 2014, a jury awarded Ventura $500,000 for defamation and $1.3 million for unjust enrichment for his treatment in the book. Kyle’s widow, Taya Kyle, immediately appealed the ruling, asking that it either be thrown out or that a new trial be ordered on First Amendment and other grounds. The three-judge appellate panel ruled in her favor this week, saying that the theory of unjust-enrichment “enjoys no legal support under Minnesota law.”
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