Fox News is settling the lawsuit with Seth Rich’s family

“The deal with Fox News closes another chapter in our efforts to mourn our beloved Seth, whom we miss every day,” parents, Joel and Mary Rich, said to their attorneys.

Wealthy parents added that the agreement would allow them to “move beyond the lawsuits” and that they “rejoice in settling the case and sincerely hope that the media will indeed caution in the future.”

“We thank everyone who gave us advice and strength,” Joel and Mary Rich said, adding, “Now I look forward to devoting as much time and energy as possible to the family and preserving Seth’s memory as a blessing.”

A Fox News spokesman commented: “We are delighted with the resolution of the claims and hope this will allow Rich and Mr. to find a small degree of peace and comfort in advance.”

The terms of the agreement were not disclosed by either party.

In March 2018, Riches filed a lawsuit against Fox News, a Fox News reporter and a Texas businessman.

The lawsuit alleges Malia Zimmerman, a reporter named in the lawsuit, worked with Texas businessman Ed Butowsky to develop a “mock” story of Rich’s death, which Fox News published online in May 2017 and cited several times on the air.

According to Zimmerman’s story, Rod Wheeler, a private investigator who at the time was a Fox News employee hired by Butowsky on behalf of the Rich family to investigate Rich’s death, learned that Wikileaks was already in a relationship with Rich before his death.

The story, without any real evidence, suggested that Rich had leaked a lot of DNC emails to Wikileaks, and also suggested that his death, which police suspected was a scandalous robbery, was retaliation for the alleged leak. Within hours, the story of Fox News fell apart.

The Wealthy Family claimed compensation for “mental anguish and emotional anxiety, emotional pain and suffering, and any other physical and mental injury.”

In August 2018, George B. Daniels, a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, dismissed the case in its entirety. However, in September 2019, the U.S. Second District Court of Appeals overturned Daniels ’decision.

The Court of Appeal stated that it had found during the review that the lawsuit contained “sufficient facts” to survive the motion for dismissal based on the failure to file the application.

In recent weeks, several Fox News personalities and executives have been scheduled to be deposited, including prominent presenters such as Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs. It is unclear whether these deposits have taken place, and a Fox News spokesman did not respond to an email asking for clarification.

Butowsky’s lawyer declined to comment. Zimmerman’s lawyer did not respond to the request for comment, but a Fox News spokesman confirmed the Washington Post’s report that Zimmerman is no longer online. The spokesman did not respond to the email when and under what circumstances he left Fox News.