A US federal judge on Monday threw out billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s libel suit against the National Jewish Democratic Coalition.
The case, brought in August, alleged that the NJDC libeled Adelson when the NJDC filed a petition on their website asking Republicans – specifically former presidential candidate Mitt Romney – not to accept campaign contributions from Adelson during the 2012 election.
The NJDC said in their petition that Adelson, the chair of Las Vegas Sands Corp., had approved of prostitution in his Macau casinos, and based their accusation on media reports.
Judge Paul Oetken wrote in his decision that the “defendants’ publication is protected as a fair report… which was properly attributed,” and that the publication was protected under Nevada’s anti-SLAPP statute, which stands for “strategic lawsuits against public participation,” and is intended to prevent lawsuits with an intent to “censor, intimidate, and silence critics.”
The judge also awarded lawyer’s fees to the NJDC, to be paid by Adelson. Adelson was suing for $10 million.