The suit seeks $250 million in compensatory damages and an additional $350,000 in punitive damages. "It is a modern-day Tammany Hall. Twitter let it happen because Twitter had (and has) a political agenda", he wrote in a 40-page complaint. "Twitter is "responsible' for the development of offensive content on its platform because it in some way specifically encourages development of what is offensive about the content". According to Fox News, Nunes is sick of being mocked and ridiculed on Twitter and is striking back.
Next, Nunes took aim at the Twitter account impersonating his mom.
The complaint accused Liz Mair (@LizMair), a communications strategist according to her Twitter bio, of accepting money on behalf of clients to collect "oppo" on Nunes and to organize a smear campaign against him before and after his election. Numerous tweets relayed in the complaint are lewd, including tweets depicting Nunes as a cocaine addict, as having a sexually transmitted disease and as having "engaged in sexual acts with the president".
"The Twitter attacks on Nunes were pre-planned, calculated, orchestrated and undertaken by multiple individuals acting in concert, over a continuous period of time exceeding a year", the complaint, made public ahead of being filed, stated. "Unlike prior elections, where Nunes won by sweeping majorities, Nunes won on November 6, 2018 by a much narrower margin, receiving 52.7 percent of the 222,379 votes". CNN has reached out to both Nunes' congressional office and lawyer.
"Ironically, Nunes" attempt to gag the parody account seems to have backfired.
"Twitter consciously allowed the defamation of Nunes to continue despite reports and purported reviews by Twitter's content moderators", the suit said. "Twitter actively censors and shadow-bans conservatives, such as Plaintiff, thereby eliminating his voice while amplifying the voices of his Democratic detractors". Others criticize Nunes' involvement in Russia-related investigations or cite Fresno Bee stories on a lawsuit filed against a winery that Nunes partly owns.
"You have to prove not just that was said about him was false, but that they also knew it was false and acted maliciously", said Louis Michael Seidman, a constitutional law professor at Georgetown Law.
Allegations include "obstruction of justice", "perjury" and other claims against the California congressman.
"The substance and timing of the tweets, retweets, replies, and likes by Mair, Devin Nunes' Mom, Devin Nunes' cow, demonstrates all three bad actors were and are engaged in a joint effort...to defame Nunes", the complaint stated.
A screenshot of one of her tweets was included in the lawsuit that implied Nunes had colluded with prostitutes and cocaine addicts.