LYNCHBURG, Va. – Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. announced that his school has filed a lawsuit against The New York Times.
The lawsuit, filed Wednesday morning, is for $10 million, as well as $350,000 in punitive damages, attorneys’ fees and other costs.
The net proceeds awarded through this lawsuit will be contributed by Liberty University to nonprofit organizations dedicated to supporting people and businesses recovering from the coronavirus pandemic and related economic lockdowns, according to Liberty.
Today @LibertyU sued @nytimes because they came to our campus from actual virus hotspots and made up completely false claims about COVID-19 cases at Liberty.— Jerry Falwell (@JerryFalwellJr) July 15, 2020
In fact we finished the school year without a single reported case of COVID-19 on campus.
The lawsuit is against The New York Times Company, Elizabeth Williamson and Julia Rendleman. Williamson is a write for the paper, while Rendleman is a photographer.
The 55-page lawsuit brings four counts against the Times.
The first, is a count of defamation against The Times and Williamson in connection with the March 29 article, “Liberty University Brings Back Its Students, and Coronavirus Fears, Too.” The story’s original headline was “Liberty University Brings Back Its Students, and Coronavirus Fears, Too.”
Second, is a count of defamation against The Times for it’s opinion piece, “This Land and Denial and Death,” which states: