The lawsuit concerns a segment on Sunday's episode of 'Last Week Tonight'.
A lawsuit filed on Wednesday this week (June 21st) cites the most recent episode of ‘Last Week Tonight’ and claims that Oliver and his team “executed a meticulously planned attempt to assassinate the character of and reputation of Mr. Robert E. Murray and his companies,” according to a report by The Daily Beast.
Back on Sunday (June 18th), Oliver took aim at Murray, the CEO of Murray Energy Corporation, in a segment that suggested the coal executive doesn’t do enough to protect his employees in the workplace.
John Oliver - New York Comedy Festival and the Bob Woodruff Foundation's 9th Annual Stand Up For Heroes Event - Arrivals at Theater at Madison Square Garden - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 10th November 2015
John Oliver was on top form.
John Oliver used Monday's Last Week Tonight to give his two cents on the subject of online harassment and revenge porn.
John Oliver targeted online harassment during Monday's Last Week Tonight
"If you have one of those, you probably have a very different experience on the Internet," the host said. "Women in particular can receive a cornucopia of horrifying messages."
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John Oliver ripped about the U.S justice system for its bail procedure.
John Oliver turned his attention to the U.S bail system on Sunday's Last Week Tonight, explaining how it disproportionately hurts the poor. Oliver said some people might admit guilty just to stay out of jail and despaired at television shows about bounty hunters that have normalized "people with guns [who] hunt humans for sport".
John Oliver chugged a Bud Lite Lime to celebrate the resignation of Sepp Blatter
"Jail can do for your actual life what being in a marching band can do for your social life," Oliver joked. "Even if you're just in for a little while, it can destroy you."
Continue reading: John Oliver On Why The U.S Bail System Is Just Plain Wrong
John Oliver defending the IRS. Really?
Wait, what? John Oliver defended the IRS on Last Week Tonight. Kind of looks wrong doesn't it? But, yep, the British comedian used his monologue on Sunday's show to explain why we shouldn't be so hard on the company, which he dubbed "the anus of our country."
John Oliver has the IRS in his sights - but not in the way you'd expect
"I know that sounds unappealing," he warned, "But I promise if you stay to the end of this there'll be a very sexy reward."
Continue reading: John Oliver Defends IRS As "The Anus Of The Country"
John Oliver is proving to be hugely popular on U.S television.
John Oliver turned his attention to for-profit policing on Sunday's Last Week Tonight, specifically the municipalities that target low-income black residents with fines and court fees to balance the books.
John Oliver went after for-profit policing in Sunday's Last Week Tonight
"No one is saying that people who break the law should not be punished," Oliver began. "Not only should municipalities not be balancing their books on the backs of some of their most vulnerable citizens, but we cannot have a system where committing a minor violation can end up putting you in - and I'm going to use a legal term of art here - the f*ck barrel."
Continue reading: John Oliver Rips Apart For-Profit Policing, Twitter Explodes
John Oliver also mocked the Labour Party's recent pink bus campaign.
John Oliver focused his ire on elected state judges during Sunday's Last Week Tonight. It's one of the most unique aspects of US democracy, though Oliver argued that it forced judges to take tough stances simply to appeal to voters.
John Oliver went after elected state judges and the UK Labour Party
"The problem with an elected judiciary is sometimes the right decision is neither easy or popular," Oliver said. "And yet, campaigns force judges to look over their shoulder on every ruling."
Continue reading: John Oliver Goes After Elected State Judges On 'Last Week Tonight'
John Oliver is back!
John Oliver returned on Last Week Tonight on Sunday night (February 8) and let loose with an epic 17-minute takedown of the powerful pharmaceutical companies. As Uproxx put it, Oliver tackled "the underinformed-but-attractive drug reps who peddle questionable, overpriced treatments to doctors who love a free lunch."
John Oliver made a welcome return to Last Week Tonight with an epic takedown of the major pharmaceutical companies
Oliver began pointing out the sad, depressing statistic that 9 out of the top 10 drug companies spend more on marketing than they do on research. He also noted that $24 billion of marketing was aimed directly at doctors last year.
Continue reading: John Oliver Returns With Savage Takedown Of Pharmaceutical Companies
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John Oliver is using his position as satirical-sideways-swiper for good, it would seem. His latest target is the FCC and ‘net neutrality’, and he addressed them in a rousing, 13-minute-long segment from his new-ish HBO show, ‘Last Week Tonight’.
John Oliver holding a picture of John Oliver at the Reddit Meta awards
With his burgeoning brand of sarcasm, cheap punch lines and scathing one-liners, Oliver took what seemed like a lifetime of pent up aggression out on the decision makers and beneficiaries of the proposed changes to net neutrality, which would grant the big money companies access to a high speed service, while the internet minnows would be left scrambling in the slow lane. Except it wasn't a lifetime of aggresion: Oliver is rallying the troops for an important battle, using comedy as his conduit for compliance.
Continue reading: John Oliver Rallies The Internet Trolls To Give The FCC Hell
Our first look at season five of the NBC sitcom shows life after Greendale
Community will at last be back on our screens in the new year and to celebrate the long-awaited return of the Greendale Seven (whose numbers have admittedly declined since the start of the show) an all-new trailer has been released by NBC. Marking the return of series creator Dan Harmon to the helm, the new trailer is a cinematic feast, coming across more as a movie trailer than a promo for a television series.
Dan Harmon and Joel McHale both make their welcome returns to Greendale Community College
It seems as though Joel McHale's Jeff Winger has finally been able to reignite his law career after spending four years at the community college, only for it all to come crashing down as soon as he could get things moving again. The pop culture references are right here just as you would expect, with Abed (Danny Pudi) comparing Winger's return to Greendale with season nine of Scrubs, posing, "It could be like Scrubs season nine - a revamp, a do-over."
Continue reading: Trailer For 'Community' Season Five Hits The Web [Video]
John Oliver will host his own HBO show in 2014.
John Oliver has been rewarded for his successful stint as Jon Stewart's temporary replacement this summer on The Daily Show with his own topical series on HBO beginning in 2014, the network announced on Thursday (November 14, 2013).
"We weren't otherwise searching for another weekly talk show, but when we saw John Oliver handling host duties on 'The Daily Show,' we knew that his singular perspective and distinct voice belonged on HBO," said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming, "We are extremely excited that John has agreed to make HBO his home."
Oliver will be leaving The Daily Show, where he has been a writer and correspondent since 2006, a Comedy Central spokesman confirmed.
Continue reading: John Oliver's Comedy Star Continues To Rise With HBO Series In 2014
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