STUART, Fla., Dec. 7 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network — Today, a large victory for famed attorney Willie Gary and his legal team has taken place in the Don King
defamation and false light lawsuit. Judge Jose E. Martinez ruled in favor of
the Gary team by granting their motion to remand the case back to state court.
This decision comes after the defense requested that the case be removed from
state court and attempted to have it dismissed in federal court. Legendary
boxing promoter Don King filed a $2.5 billion lawsuit against corporate giants
Disney, ESPN, ABC Cable Networks and Advocate Communications Inc., last
January, for airing a highly defamatory and reckless broadcast against King on
Sports Century that also portrays King in a false light.
“We are delighted with Judge Martinez’s decision to remand the case back
to state court,” said Gary. “This victory will be one of many as we continue
to battle on behalf of our clients,” continued Gary.
“Disney, ESPN, and other defendants had a duty to the public to make sure
they checked their facts before airing such a defamatory piece against Don
King. Sports Century not only falsely portrays Mr. King as a con artist, and a
thug, but it published statements that are flat out untrue and could have been
easily verified. In America, the press must be held accountable for the truth
and accuracy of its publications and broadcasts. When the media publish or
broadcast statements that show such reckless disregard for the truth, they
must give an account for their actions,” Gary added.
The lawsuit also contends that Disney, ESPN, and other defendants
broadcast statements that intentionally and recklessly portray Don King in a
false light and create an inference and innuendo that King was dishonest and
engaged in illegal activities including physically endangering others in order
to succeed in his profession.
Gary, who is best known in the legal circles as the “Giant Killer” in the
court room, has built his reputation on defending his clients who have been
wronged by corporate America. Gary is perhaps best known as a trial lawyer for
his half billion-dollar verdict against Canadian corporate giant, the Loewen
Group in 1995. Gary is also no stranger to Disney in the courtroom. He won a
$240 million verdict against Disney for Disney’s misappropriation of a concept
from his client in 2000. Last year Gary also won a landmark case for millions
of dollars against media giant Gannett for similar actions as those alleged in
Mr. King’s lawsuit against Disney and ESPN.
Web Site: http://www.williegary.com