Tannerite Sports, the makers for the binary explosive Tannerite, is suing NBC for libel and slander following reports that appeared on The Today Show and a local NBC affiliate, WLEX, last week.
The Oregon-based company alleges that the reporters mischaracterized the reactive target, suggesting it is similar to bombs used by terrorists to kill Americans.
According to Mendelsohn, Drucker, & Dunleavy, P.C, the law firm representing Tannerite, NBC News is guilty of the following defamatory claims:
- On March 23, 2015, Defendant NBCU released a defamatory “report” that falsely claimed that Plaintiff’s rifle targets are “bombs for sale.”
- In a related video, Defendant NBCU’s investigative reporter falsely asserted that “I am basically holding a bomb in my hand.”
- NBCU’s report contains one or more written false statements that were intended to impugn
- Plaintiff’s rifle targets and Plaintiff’s reputation in the hunting industry.
- Plaintiff’s rifle targets are not bombs and are not well-suited for use as weapons.
- A bomb is a weapon that is illegal to make. In the United States, manufacturing a bomb requires numerous federal licenses.
- Federal guidelines allow consumers to mix and shoot Tannerite®-brand rifle targets for personal, non-commercial use as targets.
The lawsuit goes on to claim that the NBC report included statements that “were made maliciously, intentionally, and with reckless disregard for the truth,” that NBC News published “defamatory statements with malice,” and that the video and print reports ” have, in fact, directly and proximately harmed,” Tannerite Sports.
NBC has not yet commented on the lawsuit.
[H/T Bearing Arms]