Nicholas Sandmann, et al v. WP Company LLC Featured Case

Attorneys for Nicholas Sandmann—a Kentucky high school student who appeared in a viral video that shows him in a Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat facing off with Omaha tribe elder Nathan Phillips at an Indigenous Peoples March—filed a lawsuit against the Washington Post, alleging that the newspaper "wrongfully targeted and bullied Nicholas because he was the white, Catholic student wearing a red 'Make America Great Again' souvenir cap on a school field trip to the January 18 March for Life in Washington, D.C." The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

Plaintiff: Nicholas Sandmann
Defendant: WP Company LLC
Case Number: 2:2019cv00019
Filed: February 19, 2019
Court: US District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
0 Judge: William O Bertelsman
1 Judge: Candace J Smith
Nature of Suit: Assault Libel & Slander
Cause of Action: 28:1332
Jury Demanded By: Plaintiff

Docket Report

This docket was last retrieved on March 19, 2019. A more recent docket listing may be available from PACER.

Date Filed Document Text
March 18, 2019 Filing 15 FRCP 7.1 DISCLOSURE STATEMENT by WP Company LLC. (Breetz, Bethany)
March 14, 2019 Opinion or Order Filing 14 VIRTUAL ORDER: granting 7 Motion for G. Taylor Wilson to Appear Pro Hac Vice as co-counsel on behalf of Plaintiff Nicholas Sandmann, the requirements of Joint Local Civil Rule 83.2 having been satisfied. Signed by Magistrate Judge Candace J. Smith on 3/14/2019. (ECO)cc: COR w/copy of ECF Registration form to Attorney G. Taylor Wilson
March 14, 2019 Opinion or Order Filing 13 VIRTUAL ORDER: granting 6 Motion for L. Lin Wood to Appear Pro Hac Vice as co-counsel on behalf of Plaintiff Nicholas Sandmann, the requirements of Joint Local Civil Rule 83.2 having been satisfied. Signed by Magistrate Judge Candace J. Smith on 3/14/2019. (ECO)cc: COR w/copy of ECF Registration form to Attorney L. Lin Wood
March 14, 2019 Opinion or Order Filing 12 VIRTUAL ORDER: granting 5 MOTION for Jonathan D. Grunberg to Appear Pro Hac Vice as co-counsel on behalf of Plaintiff Nicholas Sandmann, the requirements of Joint Local Civil Rule 83.2 having been satisfied. Signed by Magistrate Judge Candace J. Smith on 3/14/2018. (ECO)cc: COR w/copy of ECF Registration form to Attorney Jonathan D. Grunberg
March 11, 2019 ***FILE SUBMITTED TO CHAMBERS of Candace J. Smith for review: 9 RESPONSE, 10 RESPONSE, 11 RESPONSE re 8 Order on Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice 6 MOTION for L. Lin Wood to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Nicholas Sandmann (Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4301270) 5 MOTION for Jonathan D. Grunberg to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Nicholas Sandmann (Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4301266), 7 MOTION for G. Taylor Wilson to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Nicholas Sandmann (Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4301273) (ECO)
March 8, 2019 Filing 11 RESPONSE to Order 8 re 5 Motion for G. Taylor Wilson to Appear Pro Hac Vice per Order to supplement filed by Nicholas Sandmann. (McMurtry, Todd) Modified to better describe document on 3/11/2019 (ECO).
March 8, 2019 Filing 10 RESPONSE to 8 Order re 6 Motion for L. Lin Wood to Appear Pro Hac Vice per Order to supplement filed by Nicholas Sandmann. (McMurtry, Todd) Modified to better describe document on 3/11/2019 (ECO).
March 8, 2019 Filing 9 RESPONSE to 8 Order re 7 Motion for G. Taylor Wilson to Appear Pro Hac Vice per Order to supplement filed by Nicholas Sandmann. (McMurtry, Todd) Modified to better describe document on 3/11/2019 (ECO).
March 6, 2019 Opinion or Order Filing 8 ORDER: That Plaintiffs' Motions to Admit Pro Hac Vice (R. 5 ; R. 6 ; R. 7 ) are hereby taken under advisement, pending counsel filing a supplement providing the necessary additional information by not later than Friday, March 15, 2019. Signed by Magistrate Judge Candace J. Smith on 3/6/2019. (ECO)cc: COR
March 5, 2019 ***MOTION SUBMITTED TO CHAMBERS of Candace J. Smith for review: re 6 MOTION for L. Lin Wood to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Nicholas Sandmann ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4301270), 5 MOTION for Jonathan D. Grunberg to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Nicholas Sandmann ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4301266), 7 MOTION for G. Taylor Wilson to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Nicholas Sandmann ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4301273) (ECO)
March 5, 2019 NOTICE OF DOCKET MODIFICATION TO Todd McMurtry re 5 MOTION for Jonathan D. Grunberg to Appear Pro Hac Vice; 6 MOTION for L. Lin Wood to Appear Pro Hac Vice; 7 MOTION for G. Taylor Wilson to Appear Pro Hac Vice; Error: the Exhibit was filed together with each motion instead of as a separate attachment. Entry by attorney; Clerk added the exhibit as a separate attachment. In the future, file each exhibit separately from one another and separate from the main document. No further action required by counsel. cc: COR (ECO)
March 5, 2019 BAR STATUS Check completed as to L. Lin Wood, G. Taylor Wilson, Jonathan D. Grunberg re 5 MOTION for Jonathan D. Grunberg to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Nicholas Sandmann ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4301266), 6 MOTION for L. Lin Wood to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Nicholas Sandmann ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4301270), 7 MOTION for G. Taylor Wilson to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Nicholas Sandmann ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4301273). (ECO)
March 5, 2019 Filing 7 MOTION for G. Taylor Wilson to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Nicholas Sandmann ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4301273)Motions referred to Candace J. Smith. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(McMurtry, Todd) (Additional attachment(s) added on 3/5/2019: # 2 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing) (ECO).
March 5, 2019 Filing 6 MOTION for L. Lin Wood to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Nicholas Sandmann ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4301270)Motions referred to Candace J. Smith. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(McMurtry, Todd) (Additional attachment(s) added on 3/5/2019: # 2 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing) (ECO).
March 5, 2019 Filing 5 MOTION for Jonathan D. Grunberg to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Nicholas Sandmann ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4301266)Motions referred to Candace J. Smith. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(McMurtry, Todd) (Additional attachment(s) added on 3/5/2019: # 2 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing) (ECO).
February 20, 2019 Conflict Check run. (TJZ)
February 19, 2019 Filing 4 Summons Issued as to WP Company LLC; Summons issued and returned to counsel electronically (TJZ)
February 19, 2019 Opinion or Order Filing 2 STANDING REFERRAL ORDER: 1) This case is referred to the presiding Magistrate Judge at Covington to supervise discovery and pretrial proceedings. Unless otherwise ordered by the court, the case will revert back to the undersigned to hold the final pretrial conference and trial. 2) in connection with such reference, the said Magistrate Judge is authorized to conduct all pretrial and status conferences, to hold such hearings as may be required, and to ruleon nondispositive motions, except motions in limine. Dispositive motions and motions in limine will be referred by the Clerk to the undersigned. Subject to other provisions of law, the final pretrialconference and trial will also be before the undersigned, unless the parties agree to a trial by a Magistrate Judge, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(c). Signed by Judge William O. Bertelsman on 6/18/2010.(TJZ)cc: COR
February 19, 2019 Filing 1 COMPLAINT WITH JURY DEMAND ( Filing fee $400; receipt number 0643-4289588), filed by N.S. # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Ex A-Statement of N.S., # 3 Ex B-Greater Cincinnati Investigation Report, # 4 Ex C-Diocese of Covington letter, # 5 Ex D-1/19/19 article by Olivo and Wootson, # 6 Ex E-1/20/19 article by Wootson, Olivo, Heim, # 7 Ex F-1/20/19 Article "Marcher's accost by Boys", # 8 Ex G-1/20/19 article "Opposed to the dignity of the human person") # 9 Ex H-WP article "Most young white men", # 10 Ex I-2/10/19 article "Fuller view emerges", # 11 Ex J-"Viral standoff" article, # 12 Ex K-WP twitter 2/14/2019, # 13 Ex L-2-14-19 letter from L.Lin Wood, # 14 summons) (TJZ). Modified text on 2/20/2019 (TJZ).

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Plaintiff: Nicholas Sandmann
Represented By: Kyle M. Winslow
Represented By: Todd VanDerVeer McMurtry
Represented By: G. Taylor Wilson
Represented By: Jonathan D. Grunberg
Represented By: L. Lin Wood
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