Illinois Judge Sues Fox, WFLD Reporters for Defamation

By Andrew Gauthier 

Courthouse News Service

A Cook County Judge demands $7 million from Fox Television, claiming it defamed him by reporting that he was at home on a weekday afternoon. Judge James Ryan claims Fox TV broadcast film of a car in the driveway of a house, claiming they were his – but it wasn’t his car and it wasn’t his house. Ryan claims Fox admitted that the next day, saying, “Our bad.”

In his complaint in Cook County Court, Judge Ryan says that Fox claimed to be doing a “joint investigation” with the Better Government Association.

“(D)uring the May 24, 2010 news broadcast Fox News alleged Judge James Ryan was at his residence by early afternoon and showed his alleged vehicle in the driveway of his alleged home,” the complaint states. More…