Judge rules that neo-Nazi blog owner should pay $14 million for inciting a 'troll storm' - 2019-07-16
A judge says Daily Stormer owner Andrew Anglin should pay $14 million for urging followers to terrorize a Jewish woman in Montana. US Magistrate Judge Jeremiah Lynch made the recommendation yesterday, and as The New York Times notes, it's now awaiting approval from US District Court Judge Dana Christensen. In addition to monetary damages, the ruling recommends requiring the Daily Stormer to take down articles about Anglin's target Tanya Gersh — who's still suffering "atrocious conduct" from harassers because of the posts.
Anglin refused to appear in court, and this is a harsh default judgment against him. It recommends Gersh receive around $4 million as compensation for lost earnings and emotional distress, citing the "particularly egregious and reprehensible nature" of Anglin's actions. The judge also awarded $10 million in punitive damages — the maximum amount allowed under the law — to "punish Anglin and deter him from engaging in such conduct in the future."
The judge called Anglin's actions 'particularly egregious and reprehensible'