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JonBenet Ramsey's brother settles $750M defamation suit against CBS
Burke Ramsey filed action after airing of 2016 documentary on sister's unsolved slaying
[b]By Charlie Brennan[/b]
[i]Staff writer 
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Burke Ramsey's $750 million defamation case filed against CBS Corp. and other parties who participated in a controversial 2016 documentary about the murder of his sister JonBenet Ramsey has been settled, but those involved aren't discussing terms of the agreement.

"The parties have reached an amicable resolution of their differences and will have no further comment," said a statement attributed to spokesperson for producers of the program, "The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey," which aired in September 2016.

The statement added that no other information would be forthcoming.

James Stewart, an Ann Arbor, Mich.-based attorney representing CBS, declined comment when reached at his office.
Burke Ramsey's Atlanta-based lawyer, Lin Wood, tweeted a news account concerning the settlement in which he was quoted saying that the suit had been "amicably resolved to the satisfaction of all parties," and added the note, "After handling many defamation cases for them over the past 20 years, hopefully this is my last defamation case for this fine family."

According to Burke Ramsey's lawsuit, which is filed in December 2016 in the Circuit Court for Wayne County, Mich., the gist of the documentary was "that Burke Ramsey killed his six-year-old sister," and that such a claim is "false and defamatory per se" and "Burke Ramsey did not kill his sister and had no involvement in her brutal murder."

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An online register of actions in the case shows that Judge David A. Groner signed an order of dismissal on Wednesday, and that a settlement conference set for March 20 has been canceled, with the notation "case disposed."

A clerk in Groner's office on Friday said the order declares that the claims against those producing the documentary "are dismissed with prejudice and without costs or attorney fees. This is a final order and the case is closed."

The term "with prejudice"means that an action cannot be refiled.

In addition to the CBS Corp., other defendants named in the suit were the production company Critical Content, LLC., plus Jim Clemente, Laura Richards, A. James Kolar, James Fitzgerald, Stanley Burke, nationally known forensic scientist Henry Lee and forensic pathologist Werner Spitz, all of whom participated in the CBS production.

Michigan online court records show that a separate $50 million lawsuit filed by JonBenet Ramsey's father, John Ramsey, also was terminated by the same judge's order on Wednesday.

[b]Subpoena battle[/b]
Prior to dismissal of the suits, they had spurred a fight over subpoenas served in the case that made its way into Boulder courts.

A battle had been brewing since last June, when lawyers for Burke Ramsey, who was 9 at the time of his younger sister's death, served a subpoena for limited Boulder Police Department files. The subpoena was part of the discovery process in his lawsuit against the CBS Corp. and other parties responsible for the September 2016 four-hour, two-part program, "The Case of: JonBenet Ramsey."

Lawyers representing CBS upped the ante with their own far-ranging subpoena to the Boulder Police Department, as well as to Alex Hunter, the former Boulder County District Attorney who held office through the first turbulent years of the notorious case. While Burke Ramsey's lawyers' subpoena to the police was narrow in scope, the bid by lawyers defending CBS was ultimately amended to a voluminous list of 31 items, covering a broad range of what is in the police department files — which after 22 years is said to run more than 60,000 pages.

Targeted items included all DNA reports and related communications completed by the Bode Technology forensic laboratory, all documents produced by former Boulder County Coroner John Meyer, all handwriting analysis, evidence relating to materials found in the victim's digestive system, and reports pertaining to items of evidence such as a Hi-Tec bootprint and a palm print found on the door of the basement room in which JonBenet's body was found.

The Boulder Police Department, through the office of the city attorney, had fought its subpoenas from both parties to the defamation suit, arguing in court filings that the chance of interfering with "an ongoing homicide investigation outweighs any potential relevance of the information sought."

Hunter, who retired 18 years ago and was 81 at the time he was subpoenaed, also fought his subpoena on the grounds that it could compromise an open investigation — but also noted that it would interfere with his annual six-month wintertime stay in Hawaii.

In a ruling dated Dec. 10, Boulder District Judge Thomas Mulvahill granted the Boulder department's motion seeking to quash that subpoena and granted a protective order.

Mulvahill's ruling noted that the murder case "remains open and has not been completed," and also states that Boulder is not a party to the ongoing litigation between Burke Ramsey and producers of the controversial documentary.

But the judge also cited the fact that, with dozens of books and movies and television shows having picked at the bones of the beleaguered investigation for more than two decades, there aren't a lot of secrets left.

Mulvahill's ruling stated "...there is a tremendous amount of information available in the public domain such that Defendants can obtain the subpoenaed information from other sources or through discovery."
In a separate filing, court records show that Burke Ramsey's lawyers in November moved to withdraw their subpoena to the Boulder Police Department and dismiss their action. In a one-line ruling, Mulvahill granted that motion on Nov. 13.

The subpoena to Hunter had targeted a broad range of material, including every document relating to JonBenet's death that he might have retained since leaving office.

Court records show that subpoenas in recent months also had been served on numerous other players in the Ramsey drama, including onetime Ramsey private investigator Ellis Armistead, former Boulder County District Attorney Mary Lacy, Boulder's High Peaks Elementary School — which both Ramsey children attended at the time of JonBenet's death — as well as Dr. Francesco Beuf, JonBenet's pediatrician.

JonBenet was found murdered in the basement of her parents' University Hill home the afternoon of Dec. 26, 1996, several hours after her mother, Patsy Ramsey called 911 to report JonBenet was missing and that she had found a ransom note demanding $118,000 for her safe return
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After handling many defamation cases for them over the past 20 years, hopefully this is my last defamation case for this fine family.
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JONBENÉT RAMSEY BROTHER BURKE SETTLES SUIT AGAINST CBS
Sought $750 million after doc claimed he'd killed his sis!

By Gregory Fagan
Jan 4, 2019 @ 18:04PM
Jan 4, 2019 @ 18:04PM

NatENQ Files
JonBenét Ramsey‘s brother Burke and broadcast giant CBS have settled the lawsuit he’d brought against the company for airing a documentary claiming he was his sister’s killer!
The six-year-old beauty queen’s murder case remains officially unsolved nearly 22 years after she was discovered sexually molested, bludgeoned and strangled to death in the basement of the family’s Boulder, Colo., home on Christmas Day 1996.
As The National ENQUIRER reported in October, 2018, Burke’s defamation lawsuit over the 2016 docuseries, “The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey.”threatened to blow the shocking case wide open again.”
While the case against CBS Corp. and other parties who participated in the production has been settled, the parties involved are not yet discussing terms of the agreement.
A statement from the producers stated that “The parties have reached an amicable resolution of their differences and will have no further comment.”
Documents filed by Burke’s lawyers said the programs invited viewers believe “that Burke Ramsey killed his six-year-old sister,” which it labeled as “false and defamatory per se.”
Moreover, the suit contended that “Burke Ramsey did not kill his sister and had no involvement in her brutal murder.”
In filing an order of dismissal of the case on Jan. 2, Judge David A. Groner of the Circuit Court for Wayne County, Mich., declared that the cases “are dismissed with prejudice and without costs or attorney fees. This is a final order and the case is closed.”
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JONBENÉT RAMSEY BROTHER BURKE SETTLES SUIT AGAINST CBS
Sought $750 million after doc claimed he'd killed his sis!

By Gregory Fagan
Jan 4, 2019 @ 18:04PM
Jan 4, 2019 @ 18:04PM

NatENQ Files
JonBenét Ramsey‘s brother Burke and broadcast giant CBS have settled the lawsuit he’d brought against the company for airing a documentary claiming he was his sister’s killer!
The six-year-old beauty queen’s murder case remains officially unsolved nearly 22 years after she was discovered sexually molested, bludgeoned and strangled to death in the basement of the family’s Boulder, Colo., home on Christmas Day 1996.
As The National ENQUIRER reported in October, 2018, Burke’s defamation lawsuit over the 2016 docuseries, “The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey.”threatened to blow the shocking case wide open again.”
While the case against CBS Corp. and other parties who participated in the production has been settled, the parties involved are not yet discussing terms of the agreement.
A statement from the producers stated that “The parties have reached an amicable resolution of their differences and will have no further comment.”
Documents filed by Burke’s lawyers said the programs invited viewers believe “that Burke Ramsey killed his six-year-old sister,” which it labeled as “false and defamatory per se.”
Moreover, the suit contended that “Burke Ramsey did not kill his sister and had no involvement in her brutal murder.”
In filing an order of dismissal of the case on Jan. 2, Judge David A. Groner of the Circuit Court for Wayne County, Mich., declared that the cases “are dismissed with prejudice and without costs or attorney fees. This is a final order and the case is closed.”
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ONE YEAR AGO - - - THIS WAS THE STORY!

Judge won't dismiss $750M defamation suit by JonBenet Ramsey's brother
By Charlie Brennan

Daily Camera
Posted: 01/05/2018 04:55:40 PM MST

A $750 million defamation lawsuit by Burke Ramsey against the CBS Corporation over a 2016 documentary about the murder of his sister, JonBenet Ramsey, will go forward after a judge's ruling Friday that the complaint should not be dismissed.
Michigan 3rd Circuit Court District Judge David Groner issued a six-page ruling Friday denying a motion by CBS and other defendants in the suit asking that he toss the case out.
In a separate ruling, he also denied a defense motion asking that a separate $150 million complaint filed by Burke Ramsey against Werner Spitz, a pathologist who participated in the documentary, be dismissed.

Burke Ramsey, now 30, filed suit in December 2016 over the two-part docu-series, "The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey," which aired in September 2016, perhaps the most talked-about television production to air around the 20-year benchmark since JonBenet Ramsey, 6, was found murdered in her family's basement in Boulder on Dec. 26, 1996.
According to Burke Ramsey's suit, "The gist of 'The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey' is that JonBenet's brother, Burke Ramsey, killed his six-year-old sister." It went on to state, "The gist of 'The Case Of: JonBenet Ramsey' is false and defamatory per se. Burke Ramsey did not kill his sister and had no involvement in her brutal murder."

The suit named the CBS Corporation, Los Angeles-based Critical Content, as well as seven individual experts or consultants who participated in the program.
In arguing that the case should be dismissed, the defendants had pointed out that the statement that Burke Ramsey killed JonBenet "was never made in the series." It also called attention to a disclaimer that aired at both its outset and conclusion, which stated, "The opinions and conclusions of the investigators who appear on this program about how it may have occurred represent just some of a number of possible scenarios."
In Friday's ruling, Groner stated that "the statements at issue and the docu-series as a whole could reasonably be understood as stating actual facts" about Burke Ramsey. And, he stated, "This Court does not find that the 'disclaimer' at the beginning and end of the program negate the docu-series potentially defamatory meaning."
In addition to the two suits filed by Burke Ramsey against both CBS and separately against Spitz, John Ramsey, JonBenet's father, also filed a defamation suit in October against CBS and the other defendants also targeted by Burke Ramsey.
CBS has countered with a motion to dismiss John Ramsey's suit, but that motion has yet to be argued.
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In my opinion, any settlement should include creation of another special in which CBS and other respondents to the lawsuit admitted that there was absolutely no evidence that directly implicates any member of the Ramsey family in the homicide.  They should also re-examine ALL of the evidence, but in particular the DNA evidence, with the admission that, of all the evidence currently available, this is most likely going to lead to the killer just as it would with any other unsolved homicide.
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Don't know what they settled for - but look at this



https://business.financialpost.com/pmn/b...spLHneSaO4

CBS sells Television City for $750M to LA developer


LOS ANGELES — CBS says it has sold Television City, its Los Angeles headquarters and production facility, to a real estate developer for $750 million.
Shows on Television City sound stages include “The Late Late Show with James Corden” and “The Price is Right.” They will continue to be based there for at least five more years.
CBS said Monday that the buyer is Hackman Capital Partners and that it will have the right to use the Television City name in connection with its future operations on the property.
The media giant says the sale will increase its "financial flexibility".
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Dave - at least two programs are underway that will guarantee CBS isn't the final voice heard.
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Lin Wood talking about the CBS lawsuit BEFORE the settlement


nobody was so pardon my language asinine
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to accuse this child or cramsey except
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CBS no one has had the foolishness in
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the mainstream media or even the tabloid
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media to accuse this young man of the
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murder of his sister until CBS decided
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to do so during sweeps week trying to
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get ratings and trying to profit off of
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this child
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CBS represented this DocuSign by new
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experts that is a demonstrable provable
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lie
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these are phony experts and this whole
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CBS fraudulent story is premised on the
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idea that Burke Ramsey killed her with a
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blow to the head it is outrageous it's
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unlawful it's so bad I'll tell you
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Harvey I don't use this term much but
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this this was almost borderline if not
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over the line of being immoral the blow
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to her head which fractured one side of
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her skull was found to have been
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delivered peri mortem which means right
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at or within a very short time after her
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death
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the amount of blood found in her cranial
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cavity from this blow was estimated to
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be one teaspoon for and that's because
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the garage and the rope that was used to
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torture and strangle this child had
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already cut off the flow of blood to her
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brain into the cranial cavity to now
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have this young man lived the rest of
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his life with people googling his name
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to see where CBS CBS accused him of
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killing his sister is beyond outrageous
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I tell you
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Walter Cronkite and Mike Wallace must be
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rolling over in their graves it's
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unconscionable and CBS is going to be
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held accountable in a court of law
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxGQBeEW...ture=share
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