There will likely be little celebration going on in the life of former Minnesota governor, pro wrestler, Hollywood star and disgraced veteran Jesse Ventura for the near future.
According to CBS News, a three-judge panel of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals just threw out the entire $1.8 million awarded him by a jury in a lawsuit Ventura had filed against the estate of the late “American Sniper” Chris Kyle.
Ventura had sued Kyle over a passage in his book that Ventura alleged was defamatory about him. His lawsuit also alleged that Kyle’s estate was unjustly enriched from his defamation, which a jury had agreed with in 2014.
That decision was appealed though by Taya Kyle, Chris Kyle’s widow, who just found a panel of appeals judges agreeable to her.
In a unanimous vote, the panel summarily vacated the $1.3 million award for “unjust enrichment,” saying such a claim failed as a matter of law. That ruling killed the award entirley. In a 2-1 vote, the panel also rejected the $500,000 defamation award, kicking the case back down to the lower courts with an order for a new trial.
Neither Ventura’s camp or Kyle’s camp have commented publicly on the court’s decision yet, though statements could be forthcoming in the near future.
This is an epic dose of justice and karma for Ventura, who will continue his existence as one of the most hated men in America just a little bit poorer now.
The decision is also quite likely a real relief for Taya Kyle, both mentally and financially, as the jury’s award to Ventura had placed strain on both her and the estate of her late husband.
Hopefully the new trial regarding Ventura’s claims of defamation will have a similar outcome, with Ventura’s allegations being dismissed, ending once and for all his claims to a piece of the Kyle estate.
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