Judge Gives San Diego’s OAN a Break on Attorney Fees in Maddow Case Loss

Primary lawyers for Rachel Maddow and co-defendants were (from left) Ted Boutrous Jr., Nathaniel Bach, Scott Edelman and Marissa Moshell.

One America News Network marked a minor financial victory Friday when a San Diego federal judge reduced how much it had to pay Rachel Maddow’s lawyers.

Last May, San Diego-based OAN lost a $10 million defamation lawsuit against the MSNBC host and her employers, and the law allows Maddow to collect defense fees in the anti-SLAPP case.

But instead of the $347,000 NBCUniversal lead lawyer Ted Boutrous Jr. sought, Judge Allison H. Goddard awarded the defense team $247,000 (plus costs of about $10,000).

Charles Herring, president of OAN parent Herring Networks, told Law and Crime: “We’re pleased that the fees were reduced by nearly a third by the court.”

Judge Goddard’s award of attorney fees to Rachel Maddow’s defense team. (PDF)

But Herring noted that the case is under appeal “and we’re highly confident that we’ll receive a favorable and just ruling in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.”