Lawsuits

Why the Devin Nunes defamation suit is an uphill battle

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.)
Rep. Devin Nunes at CPAC 2019. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Rep. Devin Nunes' defamation suit — the one pitting him against Twitter, a conservative pundit and a fake cow — is not an easy case for the California Republican to win on any count. But it will be particularly difficult to win against Twitter.

The big picture: Legal experts Axios spoke to do not think Nunes will be able to show that any of the insults on Twitter were defamation; hyperbolic trash-talking is already exempt from defamation. But there's a second level of difficulty with suing Twitter: the federal code known as Section 230.

The next big idea for states to take on drug prices

Prescription drugs at a pharmacy
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Several states are considering new "affordability boards" to rein in prescription drug prices. They're hoping that approach would avoid the legal pitfalls that tripped up earlier state-based policies.

How it works: These new boards would review expensive drugs and, if it deems them too expensive, set a new, lower price that insurance plans would have to pay.

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