Project Veritas has announced that it will appeal the recent federal court case lost to Democrat consulting firms.
Project Veritas made the announcement on Thursday, not long after the decision was rendered.
This has to do with a lawsuit that, about five years ago, was brought against Project Veritas by Democracy Partners and Strategic Consulting.
The lawsuit was over hidden-camera recordings of these consulting firms, which Project Veritas had released, claiming that the consulting firms’ goal was to incite violence at rallies held by former President Donald Trump. The firms have denied this.
Some of the hidden recordings were obtained by Allison Maass, a Project Veritas member who used a false name and false resume to apply to work at Democracy Partners.
The consulting firms sued Project Veritas for misrepresentation, claiming that Maass, as an employee of Project Veritas, owed the consulting firms a fiduciary duty. The firms sought monetary relief claiming that they lost multiple clients due to Project Veritas’s reporting.
Last Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Paul Friedman ruled in the consulting firms’ favor, ordering Project Veritas to pay the firms $120,000 in damages.
Shortly after Friedman’s ruling, Project Veritas made it clear that it will appeal the matter, stating plainly that, in its view, it has done nothing illegal.
“The verdict represents a setback in journalistic integrity – effectively allowing subjects to dictate the way in which a journalist gathers and reports the news,” the group said. “Project Veritas will appeal.”
Project Veritas founder and CEO James O’Keefe also put out a statement on the matter.
The jury effectively ruled investigative journalists owe a fiduciary duty to the subjects they are investigating and that investigative journalists may not deceive the subjects they are investigating. Journalism is on trial, and Project Veritas will continue to fight for every journalist’s right to news gather, investigate, and expose wrongdoing – regardless of how powerful the investigated party may be. Project Veritas will not be intimidated.
This is a case worth keeping an eye on. It could have a significant impact on how journalism is conducted.