Twitter has filed a lawsuit against a New York law firm that allegedly violated a federal law against defamation, which bans false statements about another person’s reputation.
The New York Attorney General’s office announced the lawsuit Wednesday against the law firm Jones Day, alleging the firm defamed the son of a police officer during a lawsuit filed in the wake of a fatal shooting by the police in a Bronx apartment building.
Twitter is facing an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission after it fired a former chief legal officer in November for violating the False Claims Act.
The company is also under scrutiny by the Senate Judiciary Committee over its relationship with law enforcement.
The lawsuit seeks to prevent Twitter from enforcing the false claims law and to force the firm to pay damages for the alleged wrongful conduct.
Jones Day, which is owned by Arthur, Jones and Co., has been embroiled in a string of lawsuits over allegations of racial bias in policing and its representation of African Americans in the justice system.
The firm has also defended a former Twitter executive over allegations he defamed a woman, and in November the company settled a defamation lawsuit brought by a black woman in which she alleged Twitter promoted a white supremacist.
A Twitter spokesperson told The Associated Press in a statement that the company had “no comment on pending litigation.”