The Nevada Supreme Court has dismissed Danny Tarkanian’s libel lawsuit against his 2016 election opponent, now-Senator Jacky Rosen.
After three years of legal struggle, the court order pulls back a Clark County District Court decision and removes the chance for Tarkanian to claim damages for Rosen campaign ads he says were defamatory.
The ads in question said Tarkanian set up “fake charities that preyed on vulnerable seniors.”
The Supreme Court case was not about whether the ads were libelous, but whether Nevada’s anti-Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation - or anti-SLAPP – laws applied to Rosen’s request to dismiss the lawsuit.
In the order, Justice James Hardesty wrote that Rosen “sufficiently demonstrated that the statements were made in ‘good faith’” and the “gist or sting of the statements was substantively true.”