Dominion Voting Systems sued Fox Corp.’s Fox News, seeking $1.6 billion in damages for what the company alleges were defamatory on-air comments about its products in the aftermath of the U.S. presidential election.
The suit, filed Friday in Delaware state court, focuses on a series of segments about the voting-machine company on Fox News and Fox Business. The remarks, made by network hosts and guests, gave credence to inaccurate statements about Dominion, fueling a “demonstrably false preconceived narrative” about the company, the lawsuit said
“Fox took a small flame and turned it into a forest fire,” the lawsuit said. “As the dominant media company among those viewers dissatisfied with the election results, Fox gave these fictions a prominence they otherwise would never have achieved.”
Fox said it was proud of its 2020 election coverage and called Dominion’s lawsuit baseless.
Another voting-machine company, Smartmatic, sued Fox News earlier this year, seeking $2.7 billion in damages for what it said were defamatory claims made by Fox guests and current and former anchors. Fox has filed motions to dismiss the lawsuit, saying the network’s on-air claims are protected under the First Amendment.