A federal judge today threw out a libel suit filed by a national Muslim organization headquartered in the Southern Tier against the authors of a book that calls the group a terrorist organization.
U.S. District Judge Thomas McAvoy dismissed the lawsuit filed last year by The Muslims of America Inc. against authors Martin Mawyer and Patti Pierucci and their group, the Christian Action Network.
The lawsuit sought $3 million and to halt the continued publication of the book, "Twilight in America: the Untold Story of Islamic Training Camps in America."
McAvoy agreed with the defendants' lawyers that The Muslims of America Inc. lacked standing to bring the lawsuit. The claims were over allegations in the book, published in 2012, about a different organization, Muslims of the Americas Inc., which dissolved in March 2013, the judge ruled.
The Muslims of America Inc. was formed in January 2013 -- after the book was published.
"You can't be defamed if you do not exist," said David W.T. Carroll, an Ohio lawyer representing the authors and the Christian Action Network.