After Sandy Hook families argue ‘no grounds justify’ Alex Jones bankruptcies, judge to hear their case


NEWTOWN – Simply put, the Sandy Hook families who won lawsuits against Alex Jones in Connecticut and Texas have no interest in the companies controlled by Jones who recently filed for bankruptcy protection and stayed damages lawsuits. – interests for defamation of the families.

After all, the three bankrupt businesses have a combined monthly income of $38,000. Jones in 2019 earned at least $76 million, his representative said in court.

It’s no wonder, then, that the Sandy Hook families’ target is Jones himself and his parent company, Free Speech Systems, which haven’t filed for bankruptcy.

When families here and in Texas dropped from their pursuits these Jones-controlled companies went bankrupt, the families thought their cases against Jones and Free Speech Systems could be moved to state trial courts, since the families were no longer implicated as creditors of the Jones companies in federal bankruptcy.

However, Jones’ attorneys filed an objection to being dismissed from the families’ lawsuits, arguing that doing so would cause “significant confusion regarding the otherwise indisputable jurisdiction of the (bankruptcy) court…”

Rather than wait for the next hearing on May 27 in South Texas Bankruptcy Court, where the families have filed motions to dismiss Jones”bad faiththe families asked a judge if they could get an answer sooner on why they should be involved in bankruptcy cases where they are no longer creditors.

On Monday, a federal bankruptcy judge agreed, granting the families a “status conference” on Friday.

At stake for the families is their right to damages against Jones, who called the massacre of 26 first graders and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School ‘staged’, ‘synthetic’, ‘fabricated’ “, “a giant hoax” and “completely wrong with actors.

At stake for Jones is the future of his conspiracy-themed Internet broadcast and merchandising business, his representatives told the court. Jones has spent at least $10 million in legal fees and has lost at least $20 million because of Sandy Hook’s defamation cases, its representatives said.

“With the dismissal of (the families’) Connecticut claims against the debtors, there should be no further reason to jeopardize (the families’) Connecticut trial date of August 2022 and force them to incur additional expenses for litigate in a forum where they are not creditors,” said Ryan Chapple, an attorney representing an FBI agent and eight families who lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook massacre. “Connecticut (the families) rejected these (Jones companies) because participating in these bankruptcy cases would divert vast resources and frustrate their true purpose, which is to continue to adjudicate their cases against Alex Jones and Free Speech Systems.”

The parents of two slain Sandy Hook boys who won two libel suits against Jones in Texas have agreed.

“Filing the final layoffs eliminates the need for this bankruptcy,” wrote families’ attorney Maxwell Beatty. “There is no reason to keep this bankruptcy alive — much less force Texas (families) into it at their own expense.”

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