Federal Appeals Court Overturns $1.8 Million Judgment to WWE Hall of Famer Jesse Ventura

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According to CBS News, A federal appeals court has overturned a $1.8 million judgment awarded to WWE Hall of Famer Jesse “The Body” Ventura stemming from a 2014 defamation case against former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.

Chris Kyle claimed in his 2006 autobiography that he punched Jesse Ventura in a bar fight after Ventura made disparaging remarks about the Navy SEALS. After Kyle was shot and killed in 2013, his widow Taya became the defendant in the lawsuit. Ventura argued the fight never happened and that his $1 million a year income “came to a screeching halt” after Kyle’s book was released.

Taya appealed the judgment, and by a 2-1 decision today, the defamation award of $500,000 was thrown out and the district court was ordered to conduct a new trial. A key issue with the defamation award was reportedly whether or not “Kyle acted with ‘actual malice.’

The $1.35 million awarded to Ventura for “unjust enrichment” was reversed, as the panel felt it “fails as a matter of law.”

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