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
Presiding Judge: William O Bertelsman
Referring 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 May 17, 2019. A more recent docket listing may be available from PACER.

Date Filed Document Text
May 14, 2019 Filing 36 RESPONSE in Opposition re 27 MOTION to Dismiss for failure to state a claim by WP Company LLC filed by Nicholas Sandmann. (McMurtry, Todd)
May 13, 2019 Opinion or Order Filing 35 VIRTUAL ORDER: granting 34 MOTION for Nicole Jennings Wade to Appear Pro Hac Vice 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 5/13/2019. (ECO)cc: COR w/copy of ECF Registration Form to Attorney Nicole Wade
May 9, 2019 ***MOTION SUBMITTED TO CHAMBERS of Candace J. Smith for review: re 34 MOTION for Nicole Jennings Wade to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Nicholas Sandmann ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4356643) (ECO)
May 9, 2019 BAR STATUS Check completed as to Nicole Jennings Wade re 34 MOTION for Nicole Jennings Wade to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Nicholas Sandmann ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4356643). (ECO)
May 9, 2019 Filing 34 MOTION for Nicole Jennings Wade to Appear Pro Hac Vice by Nicholas Sandmann ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4356643)Motions referred to Candace J. Smith. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Exhibit A: Certificate of Good Standing, # 2 Proposed Order)(McMurtry, Todd)
April 24, 2019 Opinion or Order Filing 33 ORDER: That the parties' joint Consent Motion 32 is hereby GRANTED. Plaintiffs shall file their response to Defendant's Motion to Dismiss no later than May 14, 2019, and are permitted to file a memorandum not to exceed 45 pages in support of their opposition. Additionally, Defendant shall file its Reply Brief no later than June 4, 2019, and is permitted to file a reply memorandum not to exceed 20 pages in support of its Motion to Dismiss 27 . Signed by Judge William O. Bertelsman on 4/24/2019.(ECO)cc: COR
April 22, 2019 ***MOTION SUBMITTED TO CHAMBERS of Candace J. Smith for review: re 32 CONSENT MOTION for Extension of Time by WP Company LLC (TJZ)
April 19, 2019 Filing 32 CONSENT MOTION for Extension of Time by WP Company LLC Motions referred to Candace J. Smith. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Geisen, William)
April 10, 2019 Opinion or Order Filing 31 VIRTUAL ORDER: granting #23 MOTION for Kevin T. Baine to Appear Pro Hac Vice as co-counsel on behalf of Defendant WP Company LLC, d/b/a The Washington Post, the requirements of Joint Local Civil Rule 83.2 having been satisfied. Signed by Magistrate Judge Candace J. Smith on 4/10/2019. (ECO)cc: COR w/copy of Order and ECF Attorney Registration form to Attorney Kevin Baine
April 10, 2019 Opinion or Order Filing 30 VIRTUAL ORDER: granting #21 MOTION for Katherine Moran Meeks to Appear Pro Hac Vice as co-counsel on behalf of Defendant WP Company LLC, d/b/a The Washington Post, the requirements of Joint Local Civil Rule 83.2 having been satisfied. Signed by Magistrate Judge Candace J. Smith on 4/10/2019. (ECO)cc: COR w/copy of Order and ECF Attorney Registration form to Attorney Katherine Meeks
April 10, 2019 Opinion or Order Filing 29 VIRTUAL ORDER: granting #20 MOTION for Thomas G. Hentoff to Appear Pro Hac Vice as co-counsel on behalf of Defendant WP Company LLC, d/b/a The Washington Post, the requirements of Joint Local Civil Rule 83.2 having been satisfied. Signed by Magistrate Judge Candace J. Smith on 4/10/2019. (ECO)cc: COR w/copy of Order and ECF Attorney Registration form to Attorney Thomas Hentoff.
April 10, 2019 Opinion or Order Filing 28 VIRTUAL ORDER: granting #19 MOTION for Nicholas G. Gamse to Appear Pro Hac Vice as co-counsel on behalf of Defendant WP Company LLC, d/b/a The Washington Post, the requirements of Joint Local Civil Rule 83.2 having been satisfied. Signed by Magistrate Judge Candace J. Smith on 4/10/2019. (ECO)cc: COR w/copy of Order and ECF Attorney Registration form to Attorney Nicholas Gamse.
April 9, 2019 Filing 27 MOTION to Dismiss for failure to state a claim by WP Company LLC (Attachments: #1 Memorandum in Support, #2 Exhibit 1 - 2/14/19 Washington Post Article, #3 Exhibit 2 - Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School Statement, #4 Exhibit 3 - 3/01/19 Washington Post Editors Note, #5 Exhibit 4 - Today Show Interview Transcript, #6 Exhibit 5 - Screen Shots From The Truth in 15 Minutes Video, #7 Proposed Order)(Breetz, Bethany)
April 8, 2019 ***FILE SUBMITTED TO CHAMBERS of Candace J. Smith for review: #26 Response in Support of Motion re #24 Order on Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice (ECO)
April 5, 2019 Filing 26 RESPONSE in Support re #19 MOTION for Nicholas G. Gamse to Appear Pro Hac Vice by WP Company LLC ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4324462), #21 MOTION for Katherine Moran Meeks to Appear Pro Hac Vice by WP Company LLC ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4324493), #20 MOTION for Thomas G. Hentoff to Appear Pro Hac Vice by WP Company LLC ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4324478), #23 MOTION for Kevin T. Baine to Appear Pro Hac Vice by WP Company LLC ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4324519) filed by WP Company LLC. (Attachments: #1 Proposed Order)(Breetz, Bethany)
April 5, 2019 Opinion or Order Filing 25 ORDER: That Defendant's Motion for Additional Pages #18 is hereby granted. Defendant is permitted to file a memorandum not to exceed 45 pages in support of its impending motion to dismiss. Signed by Magistrate Judge Candace J. Smith on 4/5/2019. (ECO)cc: COR w/copy mailed to Attorneys Meeks, Blaine, Gamse, Hentoff, Woodward
April 5, 2019 Opinion or Order Filing 24 ORDER: 1) Defendant's Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice of Whitney G. Woodward #22 is hereby granted. 2) Defendant's Motions for Admission Pro Hac Vice of Nicholas G. Gamse, Thomas G. Hentoff, Katherine Moran Meeks, and Kevin T. Baine ( #19 ; #20 ; #21 ; #23 ) are hereby taken under advisement, pending counsel filing a supplement providing the necessary additional information by not later than Friday, April 12, 2019. Signed by Magistrate Judge Candace J. Smith on 4/5/2018. (ECO)cc: COR w/copies mailed to Attorneys Gamse, Hentoff, Meeks, Woodward(with copy of ECF Registration Form), Blaine Modified text on 4/5/2019 (ECO).
April 2, 2019 ***MOTION SUBMITTED TO CHAMBERS of Candace J. Smith for review: re #19 MOTION for Nicholas G. Gamse to Appear Pro Hac Vice by WP Company LLC ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4324462), #21 MOTION for Katherine Moran Meeks to Appear Pro Hac Vice by WP Company LLC ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4324493), #20 MOTION for Thomas G. Hentoff to Appear Pro Hac Vice by WP Company LLC ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4324478), #22 MOTION for Whitney G. Woodward to Appear Pro Hac Vice by WP Company LLC ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4324504), #23 MOTION for Kevin T. Baine to Appear Pro Hac Vice by WP Company LLC ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4324519) (ECO)
April 2, 2019 BAR STATUS Check completed as to Nicholas G. Gamse, Thomas G. Hentoff, Katherine Moran Meeks, Whitney G. Woodward, Kevin T. Baine re #19 MOTION for Nicholas G. Gamse to Appear Pro Hac Vice by WP Company LLC ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4324462), #21 MOTION for Katherine Moran Meeks to Appear Pro Hac Vice by WP Company LLC ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4324493), #20 MOTION for Thomas G. Hentoff to Appear Pro Hac Vice by WP Company LLC ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4324478), #22 MOTION for Whitney G. Woodward to Appear Pro Hac Vice by WP Company LLC ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4324504), #23 MOTION for Kevin T. Baine to Appear Pro Hac Vice by WP Company LLC ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4324519). (ECO)
April 2, 2019 Filing 23 MOTION for Kevin T. Baine to Appear Pro Hac Vice by WP Company LLC ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4324519)Motions referred to Candace J. Smith. (Attachments: #1 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing, #2 Proposed Order)(Breetz, Bethany)
April 2, 2019 Filing 22 MOTION for Whitney G. Woodward to Appear Pro Hac Vice by WP Company LLC ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4324504)Motions referred to Candace J. Smith. (Attachments: #1 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing, #2 Proposed Order)(Breetz, Bethany)
April 2, 2019 Filing 21 MOTION for Katherine Moran Meeks to Appear Pro Hac Vice by WP Company LLC ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4324493)Motions referred to Candace J. Smith. (Attachments: #1 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing, #2 Proposed Order)(Breetz, Bethany)
April 2, 2019 Filing 20 MOTION for Thomas G. Hentoff to Appear Pro Hac Vice by WP Company LLC ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4324478)Motions referred to Candace J. Smith. (Attachments: #1 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing, #2 Proposed Order)(Breetz, Bethany)
April 2, 2019 Filing 19 MOTION for Nicholas G. Gamse to Appear Pro Hac Vice by WP Company LLC ( Filing fee $125; receipt number 0643-4324462)Motions referred to Candace J. Smith. (Attachments: #1 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing, #2 Proposed Order)(Breetz, Bethany)
April 2, 2019 Filing 18 MOTION for Leave to File Excess Pages by WP Company LLC Motions referred to Candace J. Smith. (Attachments: #1 Proposed Order)(Breetz, Bethany)
March 21, 2019 Opinion or Order Filing 17 AGREED ORDER: By agreement of the parties, as reflected by the signatures of their respective counsel, the Defendant's, WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post's, time for responding to the Complaint shall be extended to April 9, 2019. Signed by Magistrate Judge Candace J. Smith on 3/21/2019.(ECO)cc: COR
March 19, 2019 ***FILE SUBMITTED TO CHAMBERS of Candace J. Smith for review: re #16 Proposed Agreed Order/Stipulation Extending Response Time by WP Company LLC (ECO)
March 19, 2019 Filing 16 Proposed Agreed Order/Stipulation Extending Response Time by WP Company LLC. (Geisen, William)
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).
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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Defendant: WP Company LLC
Represented By: Katherine Moran Meeks
Represented By: Nicholas G. Gamse
Represented By: Kevin T. Baine
Represented By: Thomas G. Hentoff
Represented By: Bethany A. Breetz
Represented By: William G. Geisen
Represented By: Whitney G. Woodward
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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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