Rolling Stone challenges verdict in UVa defamation case

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Rolling Stone magazine has asked a judge to overturn a jury’s verdict in the defamation case over its 2014 story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia.

Jurors found in November that the magazine, its publisher and a reporter defamed University of Virginia administrator Nicole Eramo’s with its botched story “A Rape on Campus.” Eramo was awarded $3 million.

Attorneys for the magazine said in a motion filed Monday that the judge should overrule the jury’s verdict. The magazine said there is no evidence that writer Sabrina Rubin Erdely acted with actual malice.

Rolling Stone is also challenging the jury’s finding that it “republished” the article in December 2014 when it added an editor’s note to the online version acknowledging there were problems with the article.