“A Rape on Campus”: The Saga Continues – Jackie Coakley Ordered to Comply With Court Orders in Phi Kappa Psi Lawsuit Against Rolling Stone

This is the kind of story that warms even the blackest of hearts (like mine, for example).

Following Nicole Eramo’s successful lawsuit against the pack of gossips and scandal-mongers led by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, the University of Virginia’s chapter of Phi Kappa Psi has pressed the gas pedal on its own state court claims against Erdely, Rolling Stone and Wenner Media. Phi Kappa Psi’s wait until the end of Eramo’s lawsuit was good strategy to get an idea of what the defendants would likely argue in its case.

on Monday, Phi Kappa Psi’s lawyers argued a motion to compel Jackie Coakley to comply with a subpeona for documents related to Jackie, Nicole Eramo, Sabrina Erdely, and the false rape claim. The presiding judge agreed with Phi Kappa Psi and ordered that Coakley would have to “substantially comply” with the order.

Phi Kappa Psi is seeking $26.4 million damages from the named defendants. The trial is scheduled for October 23, 2017.

With that in mind, let’s see how Rolling Stone and it’s parent company, Wenner Media, are doing:

According to the New York Post, Wenner is looking to sell its interests in Us Weekly for a cool $100 million. The leading horse in the race to buy is American Media Inc., owner of fine publications such as the National Enquirer and Star Magazine (Celebrity Gossip rags). Wenner is reportedly carrying about $60 million in debt. If the Nicole Eramo verdict is upheld, that makes $63 million. If Phi Kappa Psi wins its lawsuit, punch that total up to $89.4 million.

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Rolling Stone & Sabrina Erdely Liable to University of Virginia Official Nicole Eramo for Defamation; $3 Million in Damages

Last Friday…hang on, something is missing here. Somehow, the mood just isn’t right. It needs something appropriate, something to capture the uplifting mood that news like this should invoke.

Ah, here we are. Just hit play and read on.

Last Friday, a federal jury in Charlottesville, VA returned with a judgment on damages against co-defendants Sabrina Rubin Erdely, the author of the Law & Order: SVU fanfiction, the thoroughly, utterly, completely discredited beyond all recovery, story published in Rolling Stone, “A Rape on Campus,” and Rolling Stone magazine in Nicole Eramo’s defamation suit against them:

$3 million.

$3,000,000.

2.41 million pounds.

4149 Bitcoins.

The 10 jurors found that Rolling Stone, in publishing the article, acted with “actual malice” in publishing the 9,000 fictional account of Jackie Coakley being gangraped at the behest of the non-existent Phi Kappa Psi fraternity member, Haven Monahan, during a party that occurred.

Actual malice, as laid out in New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964), requires that the plaintiff prove by a preponderance of the evidence (50.1%) that the writer/publisher of the defamatory statements did so with a knowing or reckless lack of investigation.

The breakdown of the $3 million damages award $2 million of liability to Erdely and $1 million to Rolling Stone and its parent company, Wenner Media.

But it’s not over yet.

Rolling Stone and Erdely still have to deal with Phi Kappa Psi’s $25 million lawsuit against them; that trial starts next year.

Between the Rolling Stone case, the total destruction of Gawker, and the rise to prominence of the alternative media, I believe the American public has turned on the traditional/corporate press and is no longer willing to offer them wide latitude in the name of freedom of the press, which was never understood to protect a discrete class of persons who went to journalism school, but the right to exercise speech and transmit ideas using mechanical means (the printing press, leaflets, pamphlets, blogs, vlogs, websites, etc.) People have watched the corporate media manipulate the truth, or outright lie, as in this instance, in the name of pushing a narrative as truth.

These cases will not pose a threat to the First Amendment, but the are a loud, clear indication that the corporate media is in a death spiral and given their actions, they have no interest in trying to pull out of it. And a large segment of the American public has no interest in allowing them to peddle lies and propaganda as truth.

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NY Federal Judge Dismisses Defamation Claims Against Rolling Stone

Judge P. Kevin Castel today granted a motion to dismiss by attorneys for Rolling Stone. The plaintiffs in the case, George Elias IV, Stephen Hadford, and Ross Fowler, (c/o 2013) members of the University of Virginia chapter of Phi Kappa Psi brought their suit against Rolling Stone for defamation, stating that the now discredited story titled “A Rape on Campus” led others to believe that they were involved in the false rape on Jackie Coakley described in the story.

Judge Castel dismissed the suit after concluding that the story did not contain sufficient facts to infer that any of them had participated or assisted in any rape. Castel also noted that an interview given by the author of the story, Sabrina Erdely, to Slate magazine which the plaintiffs claim gave the false impression that gang rape was part of Phi Kappa Psi’s initiation, was an expression of Erdely’s opinion and protected under New York state law.

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Federal District Judge In UVA Defamation Case Orders Jackie Coakley to Turn Over Texts and Emails

Judge Glen Conrad stated that he would grant UVA dean Nicole Eramo’s request for discovery of texts and emails between Jackie Coakley, the source of Rolling Stone’s fabricated story that she was gangraped by members of Phi Kappa Psi, and officials at UVA and employees of Rolling Stone magazine. Judge Conrad has yet to rule on discovery texts and emails from Jackie to her friends and relatives during the relevant time period. Jackie is not a party to Eramo’s defamation suit.

This is getting interesting. I’m not sure why Rolling Stone isn’t on their knees begging for settlement of this thing.

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