Massey & Gail LLP, Susman Godfrey LLP and The Pastorum Group, on Behalf of Parents of Seth Rich, Announce Lawsuit Seeking Justice for Exploitation of Son’s Murder

OMAHA, Neb.--()--Massey & Gail LLP, Susman Godfrey LLP and The Pastorum Group announced today that on behalf of Joel and Mary Rich, the grieving parents of a murdered child, they have brought a suit against Fox News, reporter Malia Zimmerman and contributor Ed Butowsky, seeking justice for the Riches for having become collateral damage in a political war to which they are innocent bystanders.

“Slain DNC Staffer Had Contact with WikiLeaks Say Multiple Sources.”

The suit, filed in federal court, alleges that Fox News, Zimmerman, and Butowsky, individually and together, intentionally exploited the tragic murder of the Riches’ son, Seth, through lies, misrepresentations, and half-truths. With disregard for the truth and for the obvious harm that their actions would cause the Riches, Fox, Zimmerman and Butowsky propagated and developed a fictitious story that their deceased son, Seth – not Russian hackers or anyone else – provided Democratic National Committee emails to WikiLeaks.

The lawsuit claims that the Defendants’ actions and statements, including those that resulted in a May 16, 2017, Fox News article written by Fox’s Zimmerman entitled, “Slain DNC Staffer Had Contact with WikiLeaks Say Multiple Sources.” The lawsuit alleges Fox’s continued propagation of the baseless assertion that Seth provided the DNC emails to WikiLeaks even after Fox retracted Zimmerman’s article a week after its publication.

“No parent should ever have to live through what we have been forced to endure. The pain and anguish that comes from seeing your murdered son’s life and legacy treated as a mere political football is beyond comprehension,” Joel and Mary said in a joint statement.

Lead trial lawyer, Leonard A. Gail of Massey & Gail LLP, similarly noted: “Joel and Mary Rich have brought this case to hold Fox News, Fox reporter Zimmerman, and political operative and Fox News contributor Butowsky, accountable for their reprehensible actions. Whether motivated by party politics, ratings, corporate profit, or personal gain, we hope to help prevent this kind of malicious and reckless behavior in the future so that others can be spared the hell the Riches have had to endure.”

Joining Gail on the matter are Eli J. Kay-Oliphant and Suyash Agrawal of Massey & Gail LLP, and Arun Subramanian, Elisha Barron and Gloria Park of Susman Godfrey LLP.

The complaint can be made available upon request.

The case is JOEL RICH and MARY RICH, Plaintiffs, v. FOX NEWS NETWORK, LLC, MALIA ZIMMERMAN in her individual and professional capacities, and ED BUTOWSKY, in his individual and professional capacities; Case no. 18-cv-2223, filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.


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Massey & Gail LLP, Susman Godfrey LLP and The Pastorum Group have brought a lawsuit on behalf of the parents of Seth Rich against Fox News, others.