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U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro Wednesday granted BuzzFeed Inc.’s motion for summary judgment, dismissing a defamation lawsuit filed by Russian businessman Aleksej Gubarev over the news outlet’s publication of the Steele dossier.

Ungaro said BuzzFeed satisfied its “burden as to each element of the fair report privilege” and that “summary judgment is appropriate.”


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The case stemmed from Buzzfeed’s 2017 publication of an unverified intelligence dossier on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The document by Christopher Steele, former head of the Russia Desk for British intelligence, was also known as the Trump–Russia dossier. It included claims that Gubarev helped a Russian spy agency hack Democrats during the election.

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Robert Storace

Robert Storace covers legal trends, lawsuits and analysis for the Connecticut Law Tribune. Follow him on Twitter @RobertSCTLaw or reach him at 203-437-5950.

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