Federal Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of Chris Kyle Estate In Jesse Ventura Defamation Case

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The estate of American hero and legend Chris Kyle will no longer have to pay Jesse Ventura the $1.8M they owed him as a result of the lawsuit against them that was won by Ventura in 2014.

From CBS News:

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the jury’s 2014 award of $500,000 for defamation and $1.3 million for unjust enrichment against Kyle’s estate. Kyle, a former SEAL who was the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history with 160 confirmed kills, died in 2013.

The majority of the three-judge panel reversed the unjust-enrichment award, saying it fails as a matter of law. The majority also vacated the defamation award, but sent that portion of the case back to court for a new trial.

As the story goes, Chris Kyle wrote in his book, America Sniper, that Ventura was running his mouth at a bar one night and Kyle popped him in the face. Ventura alleged that no such incident occurred and filed a defamation lawsuit against Kyle. In 2014, the courts awarded Ventura $500,000 for defamation, paid for by American Sniper’s publisher, and another $1.3M for unjust enrichment.

Whoever’s side you are on, this is a win for Taya Kyle, who was forced to pay the $1.3M on her own. To help raise money to offset the costs, Forged Clothing started a “Legend Campaign” selling Chris Kyle themed shirts, and raised $1,000,000 in 11 days to help Taya pay that sum back. So now Taya can get the money she was forced to give up and can hopefully finally close this chapter of her husband’s book.

[via CBS News]

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