Trustee to Shut Down Alex Jones's Infowars, Liquidate Assets After Legal Defeats

Trustee Targets Infowars Shutdown Amid Legal Wrangles.

by Nouman Rasool
Trustee to Shut Down Alex Jones's Infowars, Liquidate Assets After Legal Defeats
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Infowars. Com, which has been accused of spreading false, fear-mongering conspiracy theories about a range of topics, including the COVID-19 pandemic, is expected to close as the court-appointed special master handling Alex Jones’ bankruptcy proceedings outlined a clear, deliberate strategy this week to liquidate Infowars and its many related businesses.

This is a major shift of gear after the years of highly charged litigations that Jones initiated due to her sensationalism of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting as a mere hoax. Christopher Murray, the trustee, sought an order to stop the hurried sale of assets from Free Speech System, the parent company of Infowars, to pay judgments that currently amount to over $1.

5 billion owed to the families of children killed in the Sandy Hook shooting massacre. Murray mentioned controversies on the matter of interfering with business and excluding other parties involved in the bankruptcy process.

However, he suggested an ‘orderly wind-down’ approach, which averts a ‘value-destructive money grab.’

Legal Wins, Limited Restitution

The change comes after legal successes for the Sandy Hook families, such as Scarlett Lewis and Neil Heslin, who secured a $50 million default judgment against Jones for successfully monetizing their son’s death through the airing of conspiracy theories in Infowars.

Still, even in cases where figures exceed millions, Jones’ assessed personal property, less than $10 million, would not yield full restitution to families. Some families were disappointed when Infowars remained active, while others were more realistic; attorney Christopher Mattei understood that there are legal concerns that cannot be disregarded when it comes to dissolving the company and fairly distributing its assets among the families that were affected.

For their part, Mattei praised the plaintiffs for maintaining their self-respect as they sought justice through the adversarial process. This development shows how the Infowars app and other digital media platforms helped spread fake news that had serious repercussions.

When Jones is appealing judgments and selling properties for reimbursing legal defenses, the circumstances underscore various stakeholders’ conflicting interests. The website that was responsible for spreading conspiracy theories about Sandy Hook is about to shut down, while the harm caused by it remains a constant in each survivor’s life.