The owner of a computer repair store filed a lawsuit against Twitter, claiming that the platform defamed him when it censored the New York Post’s story on Hunter Biden.
The lawsuit was dismissed Monday, the same day it was filed.
The case was dismissed without prejudice. It could be filed again if Isaac was able to establish that the court has jurisdiction to hear the case.
“The Court cannot conclude that Defendant [Twitter] is a Florida citizen. The Complaint merely alleges that Defendant maintains an office in Florida, but it does not allege where the ‘principal place of business’ is located,” the judge said in a statement, according to lawandcrime.com.
John Paul Mac Isaac, the owner of the repair store, filed a $500 million libel lawsuit Monday, saying he was labeled a “hacker” causing him to lose business.
The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, explained that Isaac was hired to repair Hunter Biden’s laptop in April 2019, but Biden never came to pick up his laptop, despite Isaac reaching out to him at least twice.
In a YouTube video uploaded by Isaac, he states he is not a hacker and was hired to perform a data transfer from a MacBook Pro to an external hard drive.
Before turning over the laptop to the FBI, Isaac made a copy of the hard drive and gave it to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert Costello. Giuliani provided the information to the Post concerning Biden and his business dealings with Ukraine.
Shortly after the Post published its story, Twitter suspended the newspaper’s Twitter account and prevented users from sharing links to the story, citing a policy against “distribution of hacked material” and labeling the story as potentially coming from hacked material.
According to The Verge, Isaac claims Twitter made this decision to “communicate to the world that [Mac Isaac] is a hacker.”
He says that his business began to receive threats and negative reviews after Twitter’s censorship decision and that he is “now widely considered a hacker” because of Twitter.
He also said he had to close his business “as a direct result” of Twitter’s “false statements.”
“To imply that I’m a hacker or that the information was hacked has had a irreversible impact on my business and my character,” Isaac said in his YouTube video.
According to the lawsuit, Isaac had no knowledge that The Post was going to publish the contents of the laptop.
“Plaintiff was unaware that the NY POST had information from the hard drive or that a story was going to be published,” the lawsuit wrote.
“Plaintiff did not want his name released to the public nor did he give authorization to Giuliani, [Giuliani’s attorney] Costello, or the NY POST to release his name.”
Isaac demanded $500 million in damages and a public retraction from Twitter.
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