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Krass v. Obstacle Racing Media, LLCet al., 19-cv-05785 (N.D. Ga.)

The First Amendment Clinic is fighting to protect the press freedoms of independent journalist Matthew Davis.  Davis was sued for defamation after his news website Obstacle Racing Media, LLC (ORM) published a well-sourced article shining light on a pattern of alleged inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature by a prominent figure within the obstacle racing community.  On April 15, 2020, the First Amendment Clinic joined with pro bono counsel from BakerHostetler in moving to dismiss the defamation complaint against Davis and ORM for failure to state a claim.  The motion was fully briefed as of June 1, 2020, with oral argument requested.  Davis’ accurate reporting on a matter of public concern is core First Amendment activity and the Clinic is committed to defending his right to publish.

Complaint (PDF)

Brief in Support of Motion to Dismiss (PDF)

Exhibit 1 to Motion to Dismiss (PDF)

Exhibit 2 to Motion to Dismiss (PDF)

Opposition to Motion to Dismiss (PDF)

Reply Brief in Support of Motion to Dismiss (PDF)