Judge tosses lawsuit over law center's hate group labels - 2019-09-16
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit that accused leaders of the Southern Poverty Law Center of trying to financially destroy one of the organizations that it has labeled as a hate group.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C., ruled Friday that the Center for Immigration Studies' lawsuit is devoid of any allegation that the Alabama-based law center made a false statement about the Washington-based nonprofit.
Jackson said the suit improperly attempts to "shoehorn" a defamation claim into the framework of a case that accused the law center leaders of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.