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Covington Catholic student, parents sue Washington Post for $250m; attorneys say more suits coming

Nicholas Sandmann through his parents Ted Sandmann and Julie Sandmann are suing The Washington Post Company for $250 million for the paper’s reporting on an incident that occurred during a Covington Catholic High School trip to participate in the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

The story reported by The Post involved a viral video on a meeting of Sandmann, 16, and Native American activist Nathan Phillips, 64, on January 18 at a gathering at the Lincoln Memorial.

The 38-page suit asks for $50 million in compensatory damages and $200 million in punitive damages for “false and defamatory” and “malicious” reporting of the incident that caused “substantial and permanent damage to Nicholas.” It says The Post “bullied an innocent child.”

It was filed by attorneys L.Lin Wood of Atlanta and Todd V. McMurtry of Ft. Mitchell in United States Eastern District of Kentucky, Northern Division at Covington.

The suit outlines the errors in The Post’s reporting on the incident through several days of stories that, it says, continued to mischaracterize Sandmann and the incident.

The suit refers to a video they consolidated from the available footage called “Nick Sandman: The Truth in 15 Minutes.”

The attorneys have said that other suits will follow.

See the full suit here.

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