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New York’s long-settled and broad fair report privilege will remain an affirmative defense for BuzzFeed News in an ongoing defamation lawsuit launched against it by the owners of a Russian bank after BuzzFeed published the Steele dossier in 2017, a state appeals court has ruled.

The uncorroborated dossier—which contained a raft of allegations laid out by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele that painted a picture of the Russian government scheming to aid Donald Trump in the 2016 U.S. presidential election—was published by BuzzFeed in January 2017 to much controversy.

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Jason Grant

Jason Grant is a staff writer covering legal stories and cases for the New York Law Journal, the National Law Journal and Law.com, and a former practicing attorney. He's written and reported previously for the New York Times, the Star-Ledger, the L.A. Times and other publications. Contact him at [email protected] On Twitter, pls find him @JasonBarrGrant

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