Maajid Nawaz v. Southern Poverty Law Center, Inc.

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Clare Locke LLP secured an unprecedented $3.375 million settlement from the Southern Poverty Law Center, Inc. on behalf of British Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz and the Quilliam Foundation based on false and defamatory statements in the SPLC’s Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists.  As part of the settlement negotiated by Clare Locke, the SPLC’s president also admitted that it was wrong to include Mr. Nawaz and Quilliam in the Field Guide in the first place, explaining that they “have made valuable and important contributions to public discourse, including by promoting pluralism and condemning both anti-Muslim bigotry and Islamist extremism.”

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Although Quilliam demanded a retraction nearly two years ago, the SPLC had refused to issue one until faced with a defamation lawsuit from Clare Locke.  “It’s a shame that it took impending litigation for the Southern Poverty Law Center to finally admit it was wrong all along,” said Megan Meier, a partner at Clare Locke.  “Mr. Nawaz and Quilliam do admirable work, and we are honored to have restored their reputations and achieved this victory on their behalf.”

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