ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The estate of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle is seeking an appeal after a federal jury ruled in favor of former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in a defamation case.

Kyle’s widow Taya Kyle filed a notice of the appeal Tuesday. Ventura was awarded $1.8 million in August in the lawsuit that alleged Chris Kyle made up claims in his book about punching Ventura after he made offensive comments about Navy SEALS at a California bar in 2006. Ventura says it never happened.

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Both men are former SEALs. Kyle died last year.

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The notice doesn’t specify the arguments the Kyle estate will make in its appeal. Hearing dates have not been set.

A movie adaptation of the book directed by Clint Eastwood opens on Christmas and doesn’t include a bar fight.

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