In a libel lawsuit against Buzzfeed News filed in early February, the lawyers for the plaintiff chose a rather humorous title for a motion they filed on Monday.
The title reads: “SIX WAYS BUZZFEED HAS MISLED THE COURT (NUMBER TWO WILL AMAZE YOU) … AND A PICTURE OF A KITTEN!”
Aleksej Gubarev, a Russian tech executive, and his companies are suing the news organization for publishing an unverified dossier alleging that Russia had incriminating personal and financial information about President Donald Trump in January.
Gubarev was named in the document, and Buzzfeed has since apologized to him and redacted his name from the dossier.
While the rest of the filing is entertaining as well (as promised, plaintiffs deliver on the kitten picture in Exhibit 41), it should be an uphill court battle for Buzzfeed.
A Florida jury awarded Hulk Hogan $140 million in his defamation case against now-defunct media company Gawker Media.
“We’re surprised by the plaintiffs’ desire to make light of this matter,” Buzzfeed said in a statement to Business Insider, “and we are confident in our motion to dismiss Mr. Gubarev’s suit.”
Here is the picture of the kitten from the lawsuit; you earned it:
- Gubarev et al v. Buzzfeed, Inc. et al
h/t Keith Lee