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Former firefighter sues Fox News for defamation

Aaron Marjala had to retire from department over arm injury

the Journal Sentinel

NORTH SHORE, Wis. — A  Waukesha County man who retired from the North Shore Fire Department over an arm injury has sued Fox News and anchor Megyn Kelly for their 2011 coverage of the fact he runs marathons while collecting disability payments.

Aaron Marjala's suit, filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, also names New York attorney Lee Armstrong, a guest commentator on Kelly's show, and Robert C. Whitaker, the chief of the North Shore Fire Department, as defendants. The action for "defamation per se" seeks unspecified actual, consequential and punitive damages, plus attorneys fees and costs, and any other relief a court may deem "just and equitable."

Marjala is represented by Michael F. Hart and Craig S. Powell of Kohler and Hart. Marjala worked as a firefighter with North Shore from 2002 until he was determined to be permanently disabled as a firefighter in January 2008, due to nerve damage in his right arm that persisted despite two surgeries, according to the civil complaint.

Full story: Former firefighter sues Fox News

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Cölton R. Dean Cölton R. Dean Sunday, April 07, 2013 8:08:36 AM The only problem with this is the word "News." Everyone should know by now that "Fox News" is not really News.
Joe Schlosser Joe Schlosser Sunday, April 07, 2013 10:48:07 AM Either is any of the other ones. They are all bias and led by whomever party the owner is from. At least fox breaks the trend of liberal media
Mona Vana Poucher Mona Vana Poucher Sunday, April 07, 2013 11:30:28 AM Can you get damages if what they said was true? I mean I don't know if it was or not? just asking
Marcos Ramirez Marcos Ramirez Sunday, April 07, 2013 3:56:26 PM Just because you have good cardio and strong legs doesn't qualify the ability to work a full time job. And certainly not a firefighting job. Maybe they should cry more about all the millions and millions spent by the government on BS like survey's on why people don't like survey's. Taking this guys disability wont fix the way congress blows money. If we quit all the BS spending we could afford to take care of not only him but our elderly and others who could use it.
Anthony Castelli Anthony Castelli Sunday, April 07, 2013 7:37:46 PM I don't know of an occupation that is "running". His disability is based on his inability to perform the duties of a firefighter. I hope he wins, and wins large! Fox Spews aught to look into how much money is being squandered by the government. Now that would be news-worthy. What a bunch of f'n idiots.

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