Laura Loomer, a right-wing conspiracy theorist who has described herself as a “proud Islamophobe,” has been ordered by a judge to pay a Muslim civil rights group attorney’s fees that amount to over $124,000, Law&Crime reports.
A federal magistrate judge in Florida ordered far-right conspiracy theorist Laura Loomer and her company Illoominate Media to pay a Muslim civil rights advocacy group nearly $125,000 in attorney’s fees and costs stemming from a lawsuit claiming the group colluded with Twitter to have her banned from the social media platform.
After she was permanently suspended from Twitter in 2018 due to years of anti-Muslim posts, Loomer sued the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), claiming the group violated her First Amendment rights by conspiring with the social media platform to silence her views.
As Law&Crime points out, Loomer claimed the group’s actions constituted “tortious interference” with business relationships due to a “reasonable expectation of economic gain in the form of revenue that they would obtain from Ms. Loomer’s use of Twitter,” but the court found that no such “business relationship” existed with Twitter and she couldn’t sue on those grounds.
The court ultimately ruled that Loomer owed $123,761.65 to CAIR and its Florida chapter, plus $661.72 in costs.