Ventura's award ruled reasonable
ST. PAUL — What’s it worth to tell the world you slugged Jesse Ventura, even if you didn’t?
That’s how much a jury awarded Ventura for unjust enrichment last month after finding Navy SEAL-turned-author Chris Kyle fabricated a story about him in the 2012 best seller “American Sniper.”
The July 29 verdict gave Ventura more than $1.8 million in total — $500,000 for damages to his reputation and career, and the rest for the money jurors felt Kyle made unfairly off the former Minnesota governor.
The damages portion was essentially locked in, but the unjust enrichment award was a nonbinding advisory. It was up to U.S. District Judge Richard H. Kyle, no relation to Chris Kyle, to make the final determination.