Judge orders anti-abortion group to pay Planned Parenthood $1.2 million in damages

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A federal judge has ordered activists from an anti-abortion group who were behind a series of undercover videos taken at Planned Parenthood facilities and abortion conferences to pay $1.2 million in damages to the women’s healthcare organization, The Christian Post reports.

The ruling was in regards to an Unfair Competition Law claim brought by Planned Parenthood and the plaintiffs California Business & Professions Code.

U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick’s ruling cited a previous verdict that found the Center for Medical Progress, its founder David Daleiden, and other activists guilty of violating several laws when they secretly filmed at Planned Parenthood facilities and events. Wednesday’s order says the activists owe $1,259,370 in damages related to Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, plus other damages and attorneys’ fees.

“[The] illegal and fraudulent prongs of the UCL are satisfied given the jury’s verdict that defendants engaged in numerous illegal and fraudulent acts in California and emanating from California, against California-based plaintiffs and others, committed in violation of California law, Federal law, and the laws of other jurisdictions,” wrote Orrick.

Read the full report over at The Christian Post.

Sky Palma

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