Attorney fees sought from former U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson

After a federal appeals court dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought by former Central Florida congressman Allen Grayson, defendants asked the court Wednesday to order Grayson to pay more than $182,000 in attorney fees.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in October upheld a district judge’s ruling against Grayson, who filed suit in 2020 against the political action committee Progress Tomorrow, Inc. and the nonprofit United Together Inc. Labels, Inc. group, No Labels founder Nancy Jacobson and her husband Mark Penn.

The lawsuit stems from an ad that Progress Together ran during Grayson’s 2018 primary defeat against U.S. Rep. Darren Soto (D-Fla). The lawsuit accuses the other groups, Jacobson and Payne, of working through “progress together.”

The ads raised ethical questions about Grayson’s work as a hedge fund manager while in Congress and accused him of abusing his ex-wife. The Atlanta-based appeals court on Dec. 14 rejected Grayson’s request for a new trial.

A filing Wednesday seeks $182,293 in attorney’s fees to cover the cost of the appeal. Grayson, who served in Congress in 2009 and 2010 and from 2013 to 2016, is running again this year for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, but lost the Democratic primary in August.