Alex Jones bankruptcy bet fails to stop Connecticut lawsuit: How much will conspirator owe families? – New

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local man Alex Jones is likely feeling a sense of deja vu this week, after he again tried to use a bankruptcy filing to disrupt proceedings in the defamation lawsuits brought against him by sand hook parents, after Information wars The conspirator spent years calling the 2012 Connecticut elementary school massacre a hoax and a false flag attack by anti-gun forces. The scheme didn’t work two weeks ago, in the first of three trials (two in Texas, one in Connecticut) to assess damages for Jones’ lies – he was already found liable by default, after refusing to comply with discovery orders to turn over his personal, business and financial records. Jones’ bullshit campaign price so far is just under $50 million, the amount awarded to Neal Heslin and scarlet lewisincluding the 6-year-old son jesse lewis died in Sandy Hook with 19 other children and six adults. (Jones’ attorneys say they are considering appealing to reduce the settlement amount, which is subject to caps under Texas law.)

Free Speech Systems LLC, the holding company of InfoWars and other Jones assets, filed for bankruptcy in federal court on July 29, midway through the Lewis trial and too late to end those proceedings as would otherwise be required. by federal law. Jones’ attorneys last week successfully halted jury selection in the Connecticut case, in which FSS is a named defendant, asking that that lawsuit be consolidated with his federal bankruptcy filing, but this Monday, August 15, , a federal judge has ruled that the plaintiffs could continue to seek damages from Jones individually in state court, and so the lawsuit is back on. “We are grateful that the bankruptcy court saw through the brazen efforts of Alex Jones to prevent a jury from being convened and hold him accountable,” the plaintiffs’ attorney said. Chris Mattei said in a statement.

As you’d expect from Alex Jones, FSS’s journey through Chapter 11 the reorganization is already messy and probably twisted. Jones’ lawyers told Houston bankruptcy court last week that FSS’s planned budget for the normal course of business – based on an assumption of $595,000 in weekly revenue – was far too low to handle a Massive increase in product sales (up to $450,000). per day), mostly from the dietary supplements that Jones endlessly sells every time he finds a camera. The team filing said the spike was due to a website redesign and “other factors,” not to mention Jones’ own rants demanding his true believers buy his shit to support him as he wage a culture war.

To avoid a crisis, the company said it needed more flexibility (which it was granted) to ship products and pay its fulfillment partner. blue ascent. However, the Connecticut plaintiffs claim that Blue Ascension is a fake company “separate” from FSS (its CEO testified that he was Jones’ “fitness and wellness manager” for a time) for being a leading secured creditor, well ahead of the Sandy Hook plaintiffs. In the same way, PQPR Holdings LLC, which technically buys the supplements sold through FSS and InfoWars, owes FSS $55 million on paper. It is owned, through front companies, by Jones and his parents.

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