The suit, which was filed in February, alleged that Carter’s book promoted “anti-Israel propaganda” and contained numerous “falsehoods and misrepresentations.” The claimants sought at least $5 million in compensation.
In their brief to the court, lawyers for Carter and his publisher called the lawsuit “a transparent attempt at censorship that is plainly prohibited by the First Amendment,” adding: “however the plaintiffs attempt to frame their claims, they seek nothing more than to exact punishment because they disagree with the contents of the book.”
Today, after the defense filed their brief, lawyers for the five persons named in the lawsuit against Carter voluntarily dismissed their claim.
UPDATE: David Schoen, attorney for the plaintiffs, said in an email that the complaint was withdrawn from the federal court because of “jurisdictional issues.” He plans on refiling in state court “given the number of potential plaintiffs and the variety of places from which they come.”
“I had hoped to be able to avoid a multiplication in litigation and thought that we would find reasonable minds who could simply acknowledge the factual errors as a matter of first course to open a dialogue on resolving the litigation,” Schoen wrote. “But so it goes.”