The false claims by Fox News and Trump allies have had an impact, but perhaps not what they intended. Dominion Voting Systems filed a $1.6 billion defamation suit against the Fox News organization on Friday afternoon, claiming defamation of Dominion from their news coverage of the 2020 election, which made false voter fraud claims.
Dominion Voting Systems is a voting technology company that provided some, but by no means all, of the high-tech voting systems the states use for their elections. It became one of the more prominent named targets of these baseless conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, including that the voting equipment was rigged to change votes away from President Trump and toward then-presidential candidate Joe Biden.
“Fox sold a false story of election fraud in order to serve its own commercial purposes, severely injuring Dominion in the process,” according to the lawsuit filed March 26 in Delaware. “If this case does not rise to the level of defamation by a broadcaster, then nothing does.”
The suit goes on to say that “Fox endorsed, repeated, and broadcast a series of verifiably false, yet devastating lies about Dominion,” the complaint says, including claims that the company’s software manipulated the results of the 2020 vote.”
Fox News, for its part, issued a statement Friday morning stating that it “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.”
Many Dominion employees including Dr. Eric Coomer, who AVV covered in an earlier stories, have faced harassment, threats of physical violence and death threats over the claims pushed by Fox News. Several of them had to go into hiding, while Trump surrogates continued to spew false accusations of their involvement in voter fraud.
Dominion is seeking at least $1.6 billion in lost profits and enterprise value from Fox News, plus more than $1 million in security expenses and expenses combatting disinformation. The company’s lawsuit asks for a jury trial.
Dominion has also filed defamation lawsuits against three others actively and aggressively involved in false claims of voter fraud directed against Dominion. They include Trump ally and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, presidential lawyer and mouthpiece Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, lawyers who worked with Trump on his post-election flurry of legal actions. The company is seeking $1.3 billion in damages from each of them.