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US appeals court keeps lawsuit alive over Facebook parody

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AP Cincinnati
A federal appeals court has kept alive a man's lawsuit against a suburban Cleveland city and police over a fake Facebook page that led to his arrest.
A three-judge 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals panel agreed Monday with US District Judge Dan Polster's ruling that the lawsuit can proceed.
Anthony Novak sued the city of Parma and police officers seeking compensation and legal fees after his acquittal of a felony count of disrupting public services. He had created a Facebook page in 2016 that resembled the Parma police department's page.
Judge Amul Thapar wrote that the case is about whether Novak's page was "a protected parody in the great American tradition of ridiculing the government." The court dismissed some claims, and didn't rule on municipal liability.

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First Published: Jul 30 2019 | 6:11 PM IST

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