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.

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