L.A. Superior Court Judge Yolanda Orozco has dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought by Joe Collins, the republican candidate she defeated by more than 90,000 votes last year in the 43rd Congressional District race last year.
The lawsuit was filed after a highly contentious race that had both candidate trading unflattering barbs about the other, including this tweet posted the day after the congresswoman secured her 16th term.
“The Repubs tried it again! They raised $10 m to try & defeat me w/ a candidate who was dishonorably discharged from the Navy & was a deadbeat dad refusing to pay child support for 4 different children in 4 different states. We have the receipts & we’re sharing them w/ everybody!”
Last September, Collins filed a defamation and libel lawsuit against Waters and her campaign accusing them of falsely advertising, during the campaign, through printed material and radio commercials that he was dishonorably discharged in an effort to deceive the voters.
In her defense, Waters testified in a sworn declaration that the information was obtained from a decision by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Anello.
“In other words, I am being sued for quoting the written decision of a federal judge in my campaign literature,” Waters stated.
In her decision, Judge Orozco ruled that Collins had failed to prove Waters “knew that their statements were false or that they entertained serious doubt as to statements’ truth.”
“I am so grateful to Judge Orozco for granting our motion to throw out my opponent Joe Collins’ frivolous case against my campaign, and that the law will require him to pay my attorney’s fees,” said Waters in a statement following the dismissal. “The irony is not lost on me that some of the money Collins raised from Donald Trump supporters across the country will actually be applied to my legal defense against his trash lawsuit. The fact of the matter is Joe Collins was rejected by the 43rd Congressional District because everyone saw him for what he is: a lying, conniving, fraud who has no intention of doing anything to uplift communities he took every opportunity to diminish and disparage in the local press.
“The voters in my district took a stand against Joe Collins and Donald Trump in November, and we will most certainly defeat Joe Collins when he tries to run the same playbook in 2022,” Waters continued. “We will defeat him because Joe Collins is not actually interested in getting elected to office. Running for office has become his job and a source of income to support a lifestyle as a right-wing troll and not to become a legitimate public servant.”