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Fox News faces another defamation headache after Dominion payout

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Fox News faces another legal headache after the Dominion settlement

Fox News has become entangled in another defamation lawsuit over the 2020 presidential election soon after the $787.5 million settlement with Dominion.

The media giant is now being sued by another voting technology company, Smartmatic, for airing false claims that decimated its business.

In a February 2021 suit filed in New York State Supreme Court, Smartmatic argues that Fox News willfully made “over 100 false statements and implications.”

Read More: Fox News settles Dominion defamation lawsuit for $787.5 million

It accuses Fox of promoting misinformation by former President Donald Trump and his supporters that Smartmatic played a part in his election defeat. 

In February, a New York appeals court found that the case could go forward.

Smartmatic attorney J. Erik Connolly released a statement following the Fox and Dominion deal.

Connolly said: “Dominion’s litigation exposed some of the misconduct and damage caused by Fox’s disinformation campaign. Smartmatic will expose the rest.

Read More: Judge delays Fox News and Dominion defamation trial by a day

“Smartmatic remains committed to clearing its name, recouping the significant damage done to the company, and holding Fox accountable for undermining democracy.”

A Fox spokeswoman responded: “We will be ready to defend this case surrounding extremely newsworthy events when it goes to trial, likely in 2025.

“As a report prepared by our financial expert shows, Smartmatic’s damages claims are implausible, disconnected from reality, and on its face intended to chill First Amendment freedoms.”

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Former Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell were also named in the case, as were Fox’s on-air hosts Maria Bartiromo, Lou Dobbs, and Jeanine Pirro. 

A judge ruled last year that the case could proceed, but Powell was dropped from the suit since she is a Texas resident and the New York court doesn’t have jurisdiction over her.

The Smartmatic case has lagged behind Dominion’s complaint and is currently in discovery, with a long way to go before a possible trial.

Source: The Washington Post

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