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Judge upholds jury award in Ventura caseSubmitted: 08/08/2014
Story By Associated Press

ST. PAUL, MN - A federal judge has ruled a $1.8 million defamation damage award to former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is reasonable.

A federal jury last month sided with the former pro wrestler and movie actor in his two-year fight to prove he was defamed by a military sniper and best-selling author who claimed to have punched out Ventura at a bar for bad-mouthing the Navy SEALs.

The jury found ``American Sniper'' author Chris Kyle's claim was false and defamatory. Jurors awarded $500,000 for damages and advised $1.3 million for ``unjust enrichment,'' or how much money Kyle improperly made from the claim.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/1pGsewd ) reports Judge Richard Kyle, who is unrelated to the deceased author, upheld the jury's enrichment figure Thursday, saying it's ``reasonable and supported by a preponderance of the evidence.''


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