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Chobani yogurt company sues right-wing radio host Alex Jones

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/24/2017 By KIMBERLEE KRUESI, Associated Press
FILE- In this April 19, 2017, file photo, Alex Jones, a well-known Austin-based broadcaster and provocateur, arrives for a child custody trial at the Heman Marion Sweatt Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas. Greek yogurt giant Chobani is suing Jones, accusing the conspiracy theorist of publishing false information about the company. Chobani filed the lawsuit Monday, April 24. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE- In this April 19, 2017, file photo, Alex Jones, a well-known Austin-based broadcaster and provocateur, arrives for a child custody trial at the Heman Marion Sweatt Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas. Greek yogurt giant Chobani is suing Jones, accusing the conspiracy theorist of publishing false information about the company. Chobani filed the lawsuit Monday, April 24. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Greek yogurt giant Chobani is suing right-wing radio host Alex Jones, accusing the conspiracy theorist of publishing false information about the company.

FILE- In this Aug. 22, 2013, file photo, Maine Gov. Paul LePage, right, and Chobani Founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya, center, listen as Hampton Products International Chairman and CEO H. Kim Kelley answers a question during a panel discussion in Orlando, Fla. Greek yogurt giant Chobani is suing right-wing radio host Alex Jones, accusing the conspiracy theorist of publishing false information about the company. Chobani filed the lawsuit Monday, April 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File) © The Associated Press FILE- In this Aug. 22, 2013, file photo, Maine Gov. Paul LePage, right, and Chobani Founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya, center, listen as Hampton Products International Chairman and CEO H. Kim Kelley answers a question during a panel discussion in Orlando, Fla. Greek yogurt giant Chobani is suing right-wing radio host Alex Jones, accusing the conspiracy theorist of publishing false information about the company. Chobani filed the lawsuit Monday, April 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Chobani alleges that Jones and his InfoWars website posted fabricated stories earlier this month that linked Chobani owner Hamdi Ulukaya and the company to a sexual assault case involving refugee children.

FILE- In this July 23, 2012, file photo, containers of Chobani yogurt are shown at the Chobani yogurt bar in the Soho neighborhood of New York. Chobani is suing right-wing radio host Alex Jones, accusing the conspiracy theorist of publishing false information about the company. Chobani filed the lawsuit Monday, April 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, file) © The Associated Press FILE- In this July 23, 2012, file photo, containers of Chobani yogurt are shown at the Chobani yogurt bar in the Soho neighborhood of New York. Chobani is suing right-wing radio host Alex Jones, accusing the conspiracy theorist of publishing false information about the company. Chobani filed the lawsuit Monday, April 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, file)

The complaint says InfoWars released a video on April 11 falsely claiming that Chobani was "importing migrant rapists," with the goal of causing customers to boycott its products.

Chobani's attorneys say Jones has ignored requests to remove the inaccurate coverage.

Chobani filed the lawsuit Monday in Idaho District Court in Twin Falls, where the company operates its largest yogurt plant in the world. It's seeking at least $10,000 in damages.

InfoWars didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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