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Dave1 03-26-2021 08:53 AM

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

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press





WASHINGTON (AP) — Dominion Voting Systems on Friday filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, arguing the cable news giant falsely claimed in an effort to boost faltering ratings that the voting company had rigged the 2020 election.

It's the first defamation suit filed against a media outlet by the voting company, which was a target of misleading, false and bizarre claims spread by President Donald Trump and his allies in the aftermath of Trump's election loss to Joe Biden. Those claims helped spur on rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in a violent siege that left five people dead, including a police officer. The siege led to Trump's historic second impeachment.

Dominion argues that Fox News, which amplified inaccurate assertions that Dominion altered votes, “sold a false story of election fraud in order to serve its own commercial purposes, severely injuring Dominion in the process,” according to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by The Associated Press.

“The truth matters. Lies have consequences,” the lawsuit said. “Fox sold a false story of election fraud in order to serve its own commercial purposes, severely injuring Dominion in the process. If this case does not rise to the level of defamation by a broadcaster, then nothing does.”

Some Fox News on-air reporting segments have debunked some of the claims targeting Dominion. An email sent to Fox News on Friday morning, seeking comment on the lawsuit, was not immediately returned.

There was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election, a fact that a range of election officials across the country — and even Trump's attorney general, William Barr — have confirmed. Republican governors in Arizona and Georgia, key battleground states crucial to Biden’s victory, also vouched for the integrity of the elections in their states. Nearly all the legal challenges from Trump and his allies were dismissed by judges, including two tossed by the Supreme Court, which has three Trump-nominated justices.

Still, some Fox News employees elevated false charges that Dominion had changed votes through algorithms in its voting machines that had been created in Venezuela to rig elections for the late dictator Hugo Chavez. On-air personalities brought on Trump allies Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, who spread the claims, and then amplified those claims on Fox News’ massive social media platforms.

Dominion said in the lawsuit that it tried repeatedly to set the record straight but was ignored by Fox News.

The company argues that Fox News, a network that features several pro-Trump personalities, pushed the false claims to explain away the former president's loss. The cable giant lost viewers after the election and was seen by some Trump supporters as not being supportive enough of the Republican.

Attorneys for Dominion said Fox News’ behavior differs greatly from that of other media outlets that reported on the claims.

“This was a conscious, knowing business decision to endorse and repeat and broadcast these lies in order to keep its viewership,” said attorney Justin Nelson, of Susman Godfrey.

Though Dominion serves 28 states, until the 2020 election it had been largely unknown outside the election community. It is now widely targeted in conservative circles, seen by millions of people as one of the main villains in a fictional tale in which Democrats nationwide conspired to steal votes from Trump, the lawsuit said.

Dominion’s employees, from its software engineers to its founder, have been harassed. Some received death threats. And the company has suffered “enormous and irreparable economic harm," lawyers said.

Dominion has also sued Giuliani, Powell and the CEO of Minnesota-based MyPillow over the claims. A rival technology company, Smartmatic USA, also sued Fox News over election claims. Unlike Dominion, Smartmatic’s participation in the 2020 election was restricted to Los Angeles County.

Dominion lawyers said they have not yet filed lawsuits against specific media personalities at Fox News but the door remains open. Some at Fox News knew the claims were false but their comments were drowned out, lawyers said.

“The buck stops with Fox on this,” attorney Stephen Shackelford said. “Fox chose to put this on all of its many platforms. They rebroadcast, republished it on social media and other places.”

The suit was filed in Delaware, where both companies are incorporated, though Fox News is headquartered in New York and Dominion is based in Denver.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...?ocid=msedgntp



And so it begins....

The first of more to come....

I wonder how long it will take for FOX to settle this out of court....

lurch907 03-26-2021 09:20 AM

Re: Dominion Voting sues Fox for $1.6B over 2020 election claims
 
After Dominion loses, I hope they like paying all of God News' legal bills. Dominion is getting suckered by their lawyers. Maybe they hired Consistent Cowflop for their team.

AZRWinger 03-26-2021 09:24 AM

Re: Dominion Voting sues Fox for $1.6B over 2020 election claims
 
I love it. The Democrat proxy is suing FNC because they didn’t spout the propaganda as the Biden loving ministry of truth. Remember when Diebold sued so-called documentary makers for the conspiracy theory that their hacked voting machines were responsible for President Bush's reelection? Me neither. :rolls

Of course with today's politicized judiciary weaponized to destroy any organization or individual targeted by the radicals running the Democrat party for disinformation is patriotic. It's an absolute fact the election of Joe Biden was pure and clean in every respect , to prove it anyone who says differently will be lynched, no investigation is allowed. :o

mr wonder 03-26-2021 09:27 AM

Re: Dominion Voting sues Fox for $1.6B over 2020 election claims
 
Ok IF "Dominion Voting" can sue FOX
I wonder How Much Trump could sue CNN and MSNBC for?
4 years of defamation fits the bill. Can someone point to ONE positive story about Trump from those networks?

I wonder how much the my Pillow Pillow guy could sue for?

Dave1 03-26-2021 10:01 AM

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

Originally Posted by lurch907 (Post 1001838)
After Dominion loses, I hope they like paying all of God News' legal bills. Dominion is getting suckered by their lawyers. Maybe they hired Consistent Cowflop for their team.

Hmmm....

Maybe, maybe not.....


I'd bet on a big payoff with all of the money involved.....

FOX has done that before with other uncomfortable lawsuits.....

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...2p6WxbB3O_wvSD

Dave1 03-26-2021 10:04 AM

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

Originally Posted by mr wonder (Post 1001840)
Ok IF "Dominion Voting" can sue FOX
I wonder How Much Trump could sue CNN and MSNBC for?
4 years of defamation fits the bill. Can someone point to ONE positive story about Trump from those networks?

I wonder how much the my Pillow Pillow guy could sue for?


That's funny....

The pillow guy is getting sued next for monster money in reference to his slander claims in social media.....

Yep.....

Manitou 03-26-2021 10:54 AM

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

Originally Posted by Dave1 (Post 1001842)
Hmmm....

Maybe, maybe not.....


I'd bet on a big payoff with all of the money involved.....

FOX has done that before with other uncomfortable lawsuits.....

But was Cowflop in the picture then?

cnredd 03-26-2021 11:29 AM

Re: Dominion Voting sues Fox for $1.6B over 2020 election claims
 
C'mon Dominion!!!!!...Where's the huff and puff lawsuit?!?!?!....:yawn

From November 13th, 2020...

Democratic senators warned of potential 'vote switching' by Dominion voting machines prior to 2020 election

Quote:

Four congressional Democrats sent a letter to the owners of Dominion Voting Systems and cited several problems that “threaten the integrity of our elections,” including “vote switching.”

In a December 2019 letter to Dominion Voting Systems, which has been mired in controversy after a human error involving its machines in Antrim County, Michigan, resulted in incorrect counts, Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Ron Wyden, and Amy Klobuchar and congressman Mark Pocan warned about reports of machines “switching votes,” “undisclosed vulnerabilities,” and “improbable” results that “threaten the integrity of our elections.”

“In 2018 alone, 'voters in South Carolina [were] reporting machines that switched their votes after they'd inputted them, scanners [were] rejecting paper ballots in Missouri, and busted machines [were] causing long lines in Indiana,'” the letter reads. “In addition, researchers recently uncovered previously undisclosed vulnerabilities in "nearly three dozen backend election systems in 10 states." And, just this year, after the Democratic candidate's electronic tally showed he received 164 votes out of 55,000 cast in a Pennsylvania state judicial election in 2019, the county's Republican chairwoman said, "nothing went right on Election Day. Everything went wrong. That's a problem."

The letter continued: “These problems threaten the integrity of our elections and demonstrate the importance of election systems that are strong, durable, and not vulnerable to attack.”

lurch907 03-26-2021 11:59 AM

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

Originally Posted by lurch907 (Post 1001838)
After Dominion loses, I hope they like paying all of God News' legal bills. Dominion is getting suckered by their lawyers. Maybe they hired Consistent Cowflop for their team.

Fox News, damn iPhone.

lurch907 03-26-2021 12:04 PM

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

Originally Posted by Dave1 (Post 1001842)
Hmmm....

Maybe, maybe not.....


I'd bet on a big payoff with all of the money involved.....

FOX has done that before with other uncomfortable lawsuits.....

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...2p6WxbB3O_wvSD

Except, this lawsuit isn't "uncomfortable" at all. It's the definition of frivolous. Unless Dominion pulls a far left judge without a shred of ethical standards, this suit gets thrown out.
You never know with corporations and lawyers but hopefully Fox plans on stomping this into the dirt.


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