Project Veritas founder and CEO James O’Keefe recently won his first legal victory in a lawsuit filed against social networking site Twitter, Project Veritas reported on its website.
O’Keefe sued the tech giant a few months ago in April, after his personal account, which nearly one million people followed, was terminated for alleged “fake” profiles.
What’s new is that a Manhattan federal court ruled to “remand” or allow the case to move back from the federal to the state level, which is favorable for O’Keefe.
According to O’Keefe, Twitter’s alleged goal was to transfer this case to the federal level to litigate in a friendly California court rather than the New York State Supreme Court.
“California federal courts routinely dismiss cases against Big Tech companies”, says the director of Project Veritas on July 6.
O’Keefe threw everyone off balance when he said he’s not after money, but justice, which turned Twitter’s lawyer’s strategy on its head.
Amer Ahmed, Twitter’s attorney, argued that the rules required a case like “Project Veritas v. Twitter” to be in federal court since the plaintiff is seeking more than $75,000 in damages to “punish” Twitter.
However, O’Keefe’s attorney surprised Twitter’s legal counsel with the declaration that a monetary award was not in his interest.
“For me, and Project Veritas, this case is about one thing: About justice,” O’Keefe explains.
Now, he charged, the company “cannot rely on dismissal-prone judges.”
Twitter’s lawyer—who made that unfounded assumption—quickly learned that O’Keefe does not prioritize monetary gain over the pursuit of justice, which undermines the basis for moving the lawsuit to federal court, Project Veritas reported on its page.
O’Keefe—who was part of the social network’s post-election “purge of conservatives”—is hoping for the opportunity to reveal Twitter and find out who the responsible parties within the company were in the decision to suspend his account and defame him with the “fake profiles” issue.
Should he succeed, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and other executives may be deposed in this case and forced to answer for the defamation charges.
The permanent suspension of the whistleblower’s Twitter took place just during the same week that Project Veritas exposed CNN technical director Charlie Chester, which generated a lot of backlash and viral videos on the social network.
At the time, a Twitter spokesperson alleged: “The account you referenced (@JamesOKeefeIII) was permanently suspended for violating the Twitter Rules on platform manipulation and spam,” a Twitter spokesperson confirmed. “As outlined in our policy on platform manipulation and spam, ‘You can’t mislead others on Twitter by operating fake accounts,’ and ‘you can’t artificially amplify or disrupt conversations through the use of multiple accounts.’”
The representative declined to elaborate on the claim that O’Keefe was running several fake accounts, including how many he had or how they were used.
To these allegations, O’Keefe responded: “I am suing Twitter for defamation because they said I, James O’Keefe, ‘operated fake accounts.’ This is false, this is defamatory, and they will pay. Section 230 may have protected them before, but it will not protect them from me”.
James O’Keefe established Project Veritas in 2011 as a non-profit journalism firm and does undercover reporting. In his investigations he has uncovered how Big Tech operates to censor conservatives and how they colluded with Democrats in the 2020 election.