Dominion Voting Systems sues Fox News for $1.6 bln over election claims

Dominion Voting Systems sues Fox News for $1.6 bln over election claims -AP

As the threat of litigation loomed, Fox News and other television outlets also aired retractions walking back their earlier reports on voting machine companies.

Dominion was a target of misleading, false and freakish claims spread by President Donald Trump and his allies in the aftermath of Trump's election loss to Joe Biden.

Those claims helped spur on rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

Dominion Voting Systems Corp said it filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News on Friday, accusing it of trying to boost its ratings by falsely claiming the company rigged the 2020 US presidential election against Donald Trump.

A Fox News spokesperson did not immediately return The Post's inquiry. "Powell was and is such an obviously unreliable source-and her claims about Dominion were so inherently improbable and outlandish-that those very same lies resulted in Tucker Carlson publicly mocking her for failing to produce evidence to support them".

Some on-air reporting segments by New York-based Fox News have debunked some of the claims targeting Dominion.

"Based on Dominion's historic financial track record, contract pipeline, retention and renewal rates, and new business capture rates, as well as the nature, severity, pervasiveness, and permanence of the viral disinformation campaign, updated current projections show lost profits of over $600 million over the next eight years", the complaint said.

"The truth matters. Lies have consequences", the lawsuit states.

Concerning the lawsuit, Fox News said in a statement: "Fox News Media is proud of our 2020 election coverage, which stands in the highest tradition of American journalism, and will vigorously defend against this baseless lawsuit in court".

"Furthermore, multiple USA government agencies, third parties, and elected officials across 28 states have conclusively affirmed that no voting system deleted, lost, or changed votes in the 2020 election", Clare wrote in a statement. And the company has suffered "enormous and irreparable economic harm", lawyers said.

As the voting company's lawyers explained in the complaint, the election technology market is hard to break into and very competitive to succeed in. Unlike Dominion's, Smartmatic's participation in the 2020 election was restricted to Los Angeles County.

Attorneys for Dominion said Fox News' behavior differs greatly from that of other media outlets that reported on the claims.

"Dominion's contracts and prospects have come under increased pressure in a number of significant markets", Stephen Shackelford, partner at Susman Godfrey and one of Dominion's attorneys on the case against Fox News, told Insider in a Friday press conference. They cited that the media giant claimed the company rigged the election in order to boost ratings. "Fox chose to put this on all of its many platforms".

The suit was filed in DE, where both companies are incorporated, though Fox News is headquartered in NY and Dominion's US operation is based in Denver.

The suit was filed in DE, where both companies are incorporated, though Fox News is headquartered in NY and Dominion is based in Denver.



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