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WASHINGTON – December 20, 2018 – A team from Davis Wright Tremaine successfully prevailed in a defamation suit against BuzzFeed brought by Russian businessman Aleksej Gubarev.

On December 19, U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro in the Southern District of Florida granted the legal team’s request for summary judgment, finding that the dossier at the heart of the case met the criteria under the fair report privilege, thereby ending the case.

"We are extremely pleased that Judge Ungaro affirmed our client’s First Amendment rights in this matter. Fighting against restraints on reporting and maintaining public confidence in the constitutionally-mandated right to a free and unfettered press is vitally important, perhaps more so now than ever," said lead counsel Katherine Bolger.

The case is Gubarev et al. v. BuzzFeed Inc. et al. The Davis Wright Tremaine team was led by partners Katherine M. Bolger and Nathan Siegel and included associates Adam Lazier and Alison Schary.

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