Dominion Voting System Files $1.6 Billion Defamation Lawsuit Against Fox News

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"Fox, one of the most powerful media companies in the United States, gave life to a manufactured storyline about election fraud that cast a then-little known voting machine company called Dominion as the villain", the suit stated.

The lawsuit also outlines the false and baseless claims repeatedly made by Fox News hosts and guests: "Dominion committed election fraud by rigging the 2020 Presidential Election; Dominion's software and algorithms manipulated vote counts in the 2020 Presidential Election; Dominion is owned by a company founded in Venezuela to rig elections for the dictator Hugo Chávez; Dominion paid kickbacks to government officials who used its machines in the 2020 Presidential Election".

That campaign to overturn the election - which was roundly rejected by courts but embraced by pro-Trump media - culminated in the January 6 attack on the Capitol, in which a horde of Trump supporters violently interrupted the certification of the 2020 vote by Congress.

Fox News amplified those false claims, including assertions that Dominion's systems changed votes, despite efforts by the voting systems company to set the record straight, Dominion said in its lawsuit, according to AP.

Fox News did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment. The cable news outlet, the suit alleges, falsely claimed that Dominion rigged the 2020 presidential election.

"With Fox's global platform, an audience of hundreds of millions, and the inevitable and extensive republication and dissemination of the falsehoods through social media, these lies deeply damaged Dominion's once-thriving business", Dominion wrote in a 138-page complaint, with hundreds of more pages of exhibits.

Although Dominion serves 28 states, until the 2020 election it had been largely unknown outside election-organizing circles. And the company has suffered "enormous and irreparable economic harm", lawyers said.

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Dominion lawyers said they have not yet filed lawsuits against specific media personalities at Fox News but the door remains open.

Fox News moved to dismiss a Smartmatic lawsuit filed against them in February, claiming the suit was "meritless" and an attempt to "stifle debate and chill vital First Amendment activities".

In apparent response to the growing number of defamation cases, conservative USA news outlets have begun to rely on prepared disclaimers or additional prerecorded programming to repudiate pro-Trump conspiracy theories spouted by guests and hosts.

Dominion has also sued attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell and MyPilow CEO Mike Lindell.

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, Smartmatic's participation in the 2020 election was restricted to Los Angeles County.

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

"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", a Fox spokesperson told Insider in response to the suit.

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