A federal bankruptcy judge has ruled that Alex Jones, the founder of Infowars, will not be protected by bankruptcy proceedings from paying over $1.1 billion in damages to the families of Sandy Hook shooting victims. The families had requested the court to require Jones to pay the trial damages and prevent a forced settlement in Chapter 11 proceedings. If Jones had been forced into a settlement through bankruptcy, he could have liquidated his broadcast company and likely paid the families a significantly lower amount in damages, while also enabling him to start a new company without any claims against him. Jones filed for personal bankruptcy last December after being ordered to pay nearly $1.5 billion in a defamation case brought by family members of shooting victims. The families sued Jones over his false claims that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax and accused the victims' families of being crisis actors. The bankruptcy judge ruled that Jones is not protected from paying over $4.4 million in damages to the parents of a six-year-old victim. Jones has appeals pending in state court for both trial verdicts against him, so the debts could change if he is successful in appealing the damages.
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