Dominion Voting Systems filed a lawsuit in Delaware Superior Court late last week against Fox News Network over claims that it knowingly played a role in promoting false and sometimes bizarre claims over the rigged presidential election.
The suit seeks a jury trial and $1.6 billion in damages.
Dominion and another voting services company have filed suits and companies regarding election fraud allegations.
Fox has defended its coverage of the election that led to former Delaware U.S. Joe Biden winning out over incumbent Donald Trump by seven million votes but narrowly won battleground states that put him over the top.
The company sent the following statement:
“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 141-page suit claims Fox “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 goes on to claim that after viewers “began fleeing Fox in favor of media outlets endorsing the lie that massive fraud caused President Trump to lose the election. Fox News drew the ire of Trump supporters and the former president when the network’s election desk called Arizona for Biden.
According to Dominion, the network began attempting to win its audience back (including Trump) by “intentionally and falsely blaming Dominion for President Trump’s loss by rigging the election.”
Cited were interviews with individuals espousing fraud claims on shows from Fox News’s Tucker Carlson and former FoxBusiness host Lou Dobbs.
The claims included Dominion being owned by a company founded in Venezuela to rig elections for the late strongman Hugo Chávez.
(See filing below)
Trump continued to claim that the contest was rigged, and his campaign filed suits in battleground states seeking to overturn election results. Few were successful, including cases that went before the U.S. Supreme Court.
On Jan. 6, protesters swarmed the U.S. Capitol as election results were being formalized. The violence led to the death of one policeman and others tied to the protest.
The Capitol’s storming came after a rally that featured a speech by Trump and led to his second impeachment by the House. The Senate did not convict Trump, a move that might have barred the former president from again seeking office.