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Alex Jones cannot use bankruptcy protection to avoid paying $1B to Sandy Hook families, judge rules

A Texas judge ruled that Infowars host Alex Jones cannot use bankruptcy protection to avoid paying Sandy Hook massacre victims’ families more than $1.1 billion for his conspiracy theories that the 2012 shooting was a hoax.

U.S. District Judge Christopher Lopez of Houston issued the ruling Thursday.

“The families are pleased with the Court’s ruling that Jones’s malicious conduct will find no safe harbor in the bankruptcy court,” said lawyer Christopher Mattei, who represents the families. “As a result, Jones will continue to be accountable for his actions into the future regardless of his claimed bankruptcy.”

Jones filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last year and, according to more recent financial documents submitted by his attorneys, his personal net worth is at around $14 million. Lopez ruled that the bankruptcy protection does not apply over findings of “willful and malicious” conduct.

Jones could end up owing the Sandy Hook families even more, as another lawsuit brought the parents of one of the children killed in the shooting is pending in Texas.

The victims’ families testified at the trials about how they were harassed and threatened by Jones’ supporters. The families said Jones’ believers sent threats and even confronted them in person and accused them of being “crisis actors” whose children never existed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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