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Judge won't dismiss libel suit against Fusion GPS over dossier | Politico |

Three Russian businessmen mentioned in the so-called dossier of alleged ties between President Donald Trump and Russia scored a legal victory Wednesday when a judge refused to throw out a libel suit they filed against Fusion GPS, the private investigation firm that produced the compilation.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon turned down Fusion's motion to dismiss the suit on the grounds that the Russians are public figures and that District of Columbia law contains special provisions limiting lawsuits over political controversies.

Leon said the public-figure status of the Russian businessmen--owners of Russia's Alfa Bank -- was open to dispute and could not be properly resolved at this stage of the litigation.

Leon said prevailing opinion among his judicial colleagues is that the D.C. law at issue, known as the Anti-SLAPP Act, can't be applied in federal court to force early dismissal of a case like the one filed in 2017 by the businessmen, Mikhail Fridman, Petr Aven and German Khan.


The ruling means discovery such as depositions and document requests related to the suit will proceed. Both sides will get another chance to try to prevail in the suit through additional motions later in the process.

A spokeswoman for Fusion did not respond to a request for comment late Wednesday.

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