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Law firm in Dominion case takes on VICE in defamation suit

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  • Clare Locke is main multibillion-dollar election case towards Fox News, received $3 million verdict towards Rolling Stone
  • Vice accused of defaming ShotSpotter Inc in $300 million suit

(Reuters) – Clare Locke, a small regulation firm recognized for squaring off towards media corporations, is representing gunshot-detection firm ShotSpotter in a lawsuit towards VICE Media LLC, accusing the corporate of defamation and searching for $300 million in damages.

The Delaware lawsuit, filed Monday, says VICE in a July 26 article “falsely accused ShotSpotter of conspiring with police to fabricate and alter evidence to frame Black men for crimes they did not commit.”

A spokesperson for VICE declined to remark. The news outlet has but to reply in court docket and hasn’t publicly retained counsel in the case.

Claire Locke’s founders, married ex-Kirkland & Ellis companions Thomas Clare and Libby Locke, have carved a plaintiffs-side area of interest that is uncommon for a pair of former Big Law firm companions. Among its instances, Clare Locke represented a University of Virginia dean who received a $3 million verdict over Rolling Stone’s debunked reporting of a purported rape.

In the seven-year-old firm’s most high-profile case up to now, Clare Locke is representing Dominion Voting Systems in multibillion-dollar lawsuits alleging Fox News, Rudy Giuliani and others unfold false claims that Dominion’s machines rigged the 2020 election towards former President Donald Trump. The defendants have countered that their claims had been protected by the First Amendment.

ShotSpotter makes use of acoustic sensors and software program to detect loud noises in an space and isolate the sound of gunshots. The alerts it generates, together with when and the place the noises had been detected, are routed to regulation enforcement, in response to the corporate.

In its July story, VICE wrote that its overview of court docket paperwork “suggests that the company’s analysts frequently modify alerts at the request of police departments — some of which appear to be grasping for evidence that supports their narrative of events.”

Reuters has beforehand reported on the corporate’s work with police departments.

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David Thomas

David Thomas stories on the enterprise of regulation, together with regulation firm technique, hiring, mergers and litigation. He is predicated out of Chicago. He might be reached at d.thomas@thomsonreuters.com and on Twitter @DaveThomas5150.

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