Federal appeals court revives Seth Rich's family's lawsuit against Fox News

Source: The Hill | September 13, 2019 | Rachel Frazin

A federal appeals court on Friday ruled that the family of slain Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer Seth Rich can sue Fox News over its coverage of conspiracy theories regarding his death, reversing a lower court decision

The court ruled that Joel and Mary Rich can sue the network for emotional distress and other harm, according to a court order published in full by USA Today

“The Riches’ complaint plausibly alleges enough facts to state a claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress — for extreme and outrageous conduct,” the court order said. 

Rich’s parents contend in their suit that Fox News promoted dangerous conspiracy theories that implied that their son, who was killed in 2016 in what Washington, D.C., police called a botched robbery, gave internal DNC emails to WikiLeaks during the presidential race. In particular, they point to a now-retracted article that said without evidence that Rich was responsible for the leak.

Network contributors and at least one host, Sean Hannity, continued to promote the story after Fox retracted the article. 

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