Dominion files $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News
CNN, 26 Mar 2021
Dominion Voting Systems, a voting technology company that was the target of baseless conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against the right-wing channel Fox News..
The company alleged that the network "recklessly disregarded the truth" and participated in a disinformation campaign against it because "the lies were good for Fox's business."
In the immediate aftermath of the 2020 election, then-President Donald Trump falsely asserted that the election had been rigged against him. His allies promoted outlandish conspiracy theories about Dominion to support Trump's false claims.
"Fox took a small flame" of disinformation and "turned it into a forest fire," Dominion said in its lawsuit.
A spokesperson for Fox said the network was "proud" of its 2020 election coverage, describing it as standing "in the highest tradition of American journalism." The spokesperson added that Fox will "vigorously defend against this baseless lawsuit in court."