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Brian Koppelman, left, and David Levien, the executive producer/creators of the Showtime series "Billions," take part in a panel discussion on the show at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in Pasadena, Calif. Photo: Chris Pizzello/AP) Brian Koppelman, left, and David Levien, the executive producer/creators of the Showtime series “Billions,” take part in a panel discussion on the show at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour on Jan. 6, 2018, in Pasadena, California. Photo: Chris Pizzello/AP

Ruling that the federally recognized Indian tribe, the Cayuga Nation of New York, is a governmental entity and therefore it “cannot maintain a libel claim,” a state appeals court has thrown out Cayuga Nation’s defamation action against Showtime Networks over its fictional depiction in an episode of “Billions.”

The decision from an Appellate Division, First Department panel also tossed out, on separate but related grounds, defamation claims lodged in the same lawsuit by co-plaintiff Clint Halftown, who is a Cayuga Nation citizen, its federal representative and a member of the Cayuga Nation Council.

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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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