Dominion Voting sues Fox for $1.6B over 2020 election claims

Fox News "sold a false story of election fraud to serve its own commercial purposes" according to the lawsuit.

Updated: March 26, 2021 - 2:04pm

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Dominion Voting Systems filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit on Friday against Fox News, claiming the network pushed a false narrative that the company had rigged the 2020 election.

The new lawsuit is Dominion Voting System's first lawsuit against a media company for claims that the voting machine company rigged the 2020 presidential election against former President Donald Trump.

Dominion said Fox News "sold a false story of election fraud to serve its own commercial purposes, severely injuring Dominion in the process," according to the lawsuit obtained by the Associated Press.

"The truth matters," the lawsuit said. "Lies have consequences. If this case does not rise to the level of defamation by a broadcaster, then nothing does."

Fox responded to the lawsuit with a defense of their coverage of the 2020 presidential election. "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," the network said in a statement on Friday.

Attorneys for Dominion argue that Fox News knowingly decided to "lie" about the company to increase their viewership.

Dominion lawyers filed the suit Friday in Delaware, where both companies are incorporated.

Dominion has also sued others over election fraud claims, including Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, attorney Sidney Powell, and My Pillow owner Mike Lindell.