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Blogger ordered to pay damages to organization of Bills' fans

A North Collins-based blogger has been ordered by a judge to pay almost $38,289 in damages and legal fees to Bills Fan Thunder, a children's charity organization made up of Buffalo Bills' football fans.

In her order, State Supreme Court Justice E. Jeannette Ogden said she found that blogger James Kriger made statements that "constitute defamation" in a series of posts alleging criminal activity by Bills Fan Thunder and its president, Charles Pellien, during the 2015 National Football League season. Pellien and his organization denied Kriger's allegations and filed a defamation lawsuit against Kriger in October 2015.

Pellien claimed that his group ran into difficulties with fundraising after Kriger's posts.

Kriger told The Buffalo News over the summer that he did nothing wrong. He said he was not aware of Ogden's ruling until a News reporter contacted him.

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