Then, there’s the humor.
“Instead,” continues the complaint (read here), “Defendants continued their ruthless character assassination and attack on Plaintiffs’ business reputations by describing Mr. Murray as someone who ‘looks like a geriatric Dr. Evil’ and arranging for a staff member to dress up in a squirrel costume and deliver the message ‘Eat Shit, Bob!’ to Mr. Murray.”
This is a dangerous time for media companies to poke at corporate interests. Murray’s lawsuit was filed as ABC is engaged in a $5.7 billion trial in South Dakota for calling a company’s beef product “pink slime.” ABC is being represented by attorneys who previously handled — and won — a 2015 trial against HBO over a Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel report alleged to have tarnished a company that used child labor in India to stitch soccer balls.
A spokesperson for HBO told The Daily Beast, “While we have not seen the complaint, we have confidence in the staff of Last Week Tonight and do not believe anything in the show this week violated Mr. Murray’s or Murray Energy’s rights.”
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