(WASHINGTON, 8/4/21) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed a Florida federal magistrate judge’s ruling ordering far-right Islamophobic conspiracy theorist Laura Loomer and her company Illoominate Media to pay CAIR almost $125,000 in attorney’s fees and costs stemming from a lawsuit falsely claiming the Muslim civil rights organization colluded with Twitter to have her banned.
SEE: Judge Orders Laura Loomer and Her Company to Pay More Than $120,000 in Attorneys’ Fees Over Lawsuit Against Muslim Rights Group
CAIR sought those costs and fees last year following an 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling affirming the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Loomer and Illoominate Media against CAIR. Today, the court said Loomer owed $123,761.65 to CAIR and its Florida chapter, plus $661.72 in costs.
SEE: CAIR Welcomes Appeals Court Decision on Islamophobe Laura Loomer’s Anti-CAIR Lawsuit
In 2019, the district court dismissed both CAIR and CAIR-Florida from Loomer’s “nonsensical” lawsuit. Loomer had alleged—based on a prank that had long since been revealed not to be true—that CAIR had persuaded Twitter to ban the Islamophobic failed Congressional candidate from Twitter.
CAIR Defeats Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist Laura Loomer in Court
SEE: “Federal Court Rules That Anti-Muslim Activist Laura Loomer Fraudulently Joined CAIR-Florida in Lawsuit”
In a statement, National Litigation and Civil Rights Director Lena Masri said:
“We welcome this ruling and hope it sends a message to all those who file frivolous lawsuits that there will be legal and financial consequences. We plan to vigorously seek to collect the funds from Loomer and Illoominate Media, and use those funds to further CAIR’s mission of promoting justice and protecting the civil rights of all Americans.”
“Loomer filed this lawsuit in large part to harass CAIR and to defeat its mission of protecting the civil rights of American Muslims. This ruling shows that tactics of legal harassment can backfire on those who use them,” said CAIR Trial Attorney Justin Sadowsky.
CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
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