ALERT: Victory for Client Subjected to neo-Nazi ‘Troll Storm’

Last week we won a significant victory in litigation led by the National Committee. We represented Taylor Dumpson, the first African American woman to be elected Student Body President at American University. The day after Ms. Dumpson was elected, nooses, some with bananas in them, were strung across campus and she became the victim of a vile racist social media storm of threats. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and pro bono counsel Kirkland & Ellis LLP, along with the Washington Lawyers’ Committee, filed the lawsuit against the leader of the effort and several who posted threats. The lead defendant defaulted and last week, the judge entered a $700,000 default judgment. The case is also important because it is the first time that a court found that internet threats can deny access to public accommodations.

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