The bankruptcy protection lawsuit brought by Infowars and two other companies by right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been dismissed by a federal judge in Texas.
US Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Lopez on Friday announced a settlement reached between attorneys for Jones and the parents of some of the children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school shooting.
The dismissal allows defamation lawsuits filed against Jones by the parents of Sandy Hook victims to continue in Texas and Connecticut, where court cases are pending over how much Jones should pay each family. Judges in both states declared Jones and his companies liable for damages.
Families involved in the court cases say they faced harassment and death threats from Jones’ supporters after he said the 2012 mass shooting was a hoax.
Jones has since said he believes the shooting happened.
Relatives of eight of the 20 first graders and six school employees killed in the massacre, and an FBI agent who responded to the school in 2017, are suing Jones and Free Speech Systems.
Infowars, Prison Planet TV and IW Health last week agreed to dismiss the bankruptcy case after the families agreed to exempt the three companies from their defamation lawsuits. These lawsuits continue against Jones himself and his largest money-making company, Free Speech Systems.
The families, with support from the US Trusteeship Office, which oversees bankruptcy cases, questioned the legitimacy of the three companies filing for bankruptcy. They tried to dismiss the case, believing it was just to delay the lawsuits.
Jones’ attorneys denied these allegations.
The 2012 massacre killed 20 first graders and six preschool teachers. The gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, killed his mother at her Newtown home before the massacre and then killed himself at the school when police arrived.
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/06/10/infowars-bankruptcy-dismissed-in-deal-with-sandy-hook-parents-16808221/ Infowars bankruptcy dismissed in deal with Sandy Hook's parents