Legal bills disputed in ongoing defamation case

Published 10:07 am Tuesday, February 28, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura and the estate of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle are fighting over legal bills that mounted during Ventura’s defamation lawsuit.

Attorneys for Kyle’s widow say Ventura lost his lawsuit and should reimburse the estate more than $37,300, including nearly $7,900 in trial transcript fees and $27,800 for a bond it was required to post, plus a few other expenses, the Star Tribune reported. Ventura’s lawyer says the jury verdict was only partly reversed and that most of the bill isn’t his responsibility.

An appeals court gave Ventura the option to return to federal court in St. Paul to retry the defamation suit. Ventura previously told the newspaper he’ll seek a new trial.

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