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Date: 02-09-2024

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Scott Sapulpa v. Gannett Co., Inc., et al.

Case Number: CJ-2021-00100

Judge: Jeff Payton

Court: District Court, Muskogee County, Oklahoma

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Defendant's Attorney: Muskogee, Oklahoma insurance defense lawyers represented the Defendants.

Description: Muskogee, Oklahoma personal injury lawyers represented the Plaintiff who sued the Defendants on defamation theories.

Scott Sapulpa claimed that the he was defamed and damaged as a direct result of being wrongfully mistaken and identified as the announcer who make racist comments during a 2021 broadcast of a girls basketball game.

Sapulpa alleged defamation and the intentional infliction of emotional distress, and the jury found the newspaper acted with actual malice, which permitted them to consider punitive damages, to Plaintiff's lawyer.

Outcome: Plaintiff's verdict for $5 million in compensatory damages and $20 million in punitive damages.

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