The legal action stems from the negative coverage the Covington Catholic High School student received after he appeared in a viral video last month in Washington, D.C. Many painted him out to be a racist who taunted a Native American at the Lincoln Memorial, but other videos dismantled that claim.
The suit alleges that the Post "targeted and bullied" 16-year-old Nicholas Sandmann in order to embarrass President Trump.
Photos of a smiling Sandmann, who was wearing a pro-Trump "Make America Great Again" cap, went viral.
Kurtz said on America's Newsroom that The Post relied on the first video to surface, which showed Sandmann face-to-face with protester Nathan Phillips, and also relied on information from Phillips that turned out to be false. A widely-shared article from Robby Soave at Reason.com indicated the students, rather than intentionally invading Phillips' space, were approached by him as he was banging his drum. Phillips was in Washington for the Indigenous People's March while Sandmann and his classmates were in town for the March for Life.
"Lin and Todd will continue to bring wrongdoers before the court to seek damages in compensation for the harm so many have done to the Sandmann family", said Wood and McMurty on their website.
The Diocese of Covington commissioned a third party to investigate what happened, but a report released last week said it found no evidence that students made offensive or racist comments.
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The document explains that the suit is for $250 million because it is "the amount Jeff Bezos, the world's richest person, paid in cash for the Post when his company, Nash Holdings, purchased the newspaper in 2013".
President Donald Trump tweeted a quote from the filing earlier today, along with the message, "Go get them Nick".
Many interviewed students told investigators that they felt Phillips was coming into their group to join their own cheers, which were meant to drown out insults from the Black Hebrew Israelites.
Nicholas Sandmann was filmed facing Omaha tribe elder Nathan Phillips and is now suing the Washington Post for damages to his reputation over how he was portrayed in subsequent media articles. It also found no evidence to support allegations that students were chanting "build the wall".
The Washington Post is reviewing a copy of the lawsuit and plans to "mount a vigorous defense", according to spokeswoman Kristine Coratti Kelly.
"Some students performed a "tomahawk chop" to the beat of Mr Phillips" drumming and some joined in Mr Phillips' chant'.