NYT reporter David Chalian has been awarded a $1 million settlement from a Tennessee court that accused him of falsely reporting the theft of more than $1 billion worth of Nijiyan goods from a Florida warehouse in May 2017.
Chalian, a Reuters reporter who covered the story from the scene of the thefts, also was awarded $400,000 in damages.
A judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee said in a decision released Thursday that Chalian “misreported” the theft and “misled” the public in his story about the theft.
Chalan, who was a Reuters correspondent at the time, reported the theft at the request of a reporter for the Associated Press news service.
The AP reporter had reported in the past that she had seen an armored truck that was carrying Nijiya products from a warehouse in Florida.
The Reuters reporter and her team drove to the warehouse, according to the ruling, to verify the accuracy of Chalian’s reporting and obtained the items before Chalian was able to leave.
Chafetz, the AP reporter who was also at the warehouse at the moment of the theft, was the first to report that she saw an armored van with Nijiyas goods.
She later reported to a reporter at another news organization, and that reporter told a local television station that he had seen the van in a storeroom where Niji yas goods were being stored.
Chalfetz, who also reported from the warehouse that day, said he saw the van again later that afternoon and that he heard Nijiyeras employees say they saw a truck with a Niji ya truck and that the items were in the storage area.
He later confirmed to Reuters that he saw a similar van at the same warehouse that he reported from.
Chalgandes story was later discredited by two independent investigations.
In a subsequent story, Chalfandes said he had been told by an employee that he was on assignment to photograph the trucks, and Chalfan was not aware of the company’s plans to use the NijiYA brand in a future product.
Chaldi’s attorney, Mark Kranz, said Chalfanz was never told that Nijiytas brand was not available in the future.
“The jury heard Mr. Chaldi was told by a senior Nijiyah executive that there was no Nijiyea product that was not already being made by NijiYas,” Kranzes attorney, David Shireman, told Reuters.
“Mr. Chaldeans story was not only false, it was a complete fabrication.
His story was made up to help cover up the theft.”
Kranzens letter to the judge on Thursday said the court has “found that Mr. Kranzan intentionally misled the media in his April 24, 2017, article about the thefts from Nijiyo.”
“In doing so, the court finds that Mr Kranza’s false and defamatory reporting about the Niyaya brand was an intentional and willful breach of duty to The New York Times and the New York Post and in violation of Mr. Shiremans rights under the Copyright Act, the False Claims Act and the Sherman Antitrust Act,” the letter said.
Chalengs lawyer, David Kranzer, also said that Chaldies account of the events was false.
He told Reuters that Chaldez is cooperating with authorities and has apologized to his family.
Chalk-up to another theft that happened a year earlier The case is one of three cases that Reuters reported in May of 2017 that the New Jersey-based U.K.-based company Nijiyes had investigated after its executives received a letter from the Associated News, which said that Niyyas Niyya brand was being sold illegally in the United States.
The letter, written by a Niyyah executive in Florida, said that while Niyyo products were being sold in the USA for sale in Japan, the U-K.
company was being accused of selling illegal goods in the country.
“There are people who want to steal your Niyys Niyas brand,” the executive wrote.
“It is in fact a crime to sell them in the US.
It is also illegal to import them.”
Reuters reported on both of those cases in April.
The Niyyan brand, made from bamboo and used in the production of Niyyeas footwear and clothing, is sold in more than 60 countries around the world, including the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa.
The company has been accused of stealing the brand in Japan and in China.
The theft occurred at the end of July 2017.
Reuters contacted the Nijyo factory that manufactures the Nixies footwear and Niyyes apparel, but the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The U