Fox News filed to dismiss a $1.6 billion defamation suit by vote-machine company Dominion. The suit claims Fox promoted baseless claims of election fraud from Giuliani and others.
Fox NewsMedia filed a motion to dismiss a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit brought by Dominion Voting Systemsin March.
- Fox said the lawsuit threatened freedom of speech.
- Dominion said Fox's coverage of its voting machines during the election had caused "enormous and irreparable economic harm."
Dominion filed a defamation lawsuit against Fox in March, accusing the cable network of promoting false claims that Dominion rigged its voting machines in the 2020 Presidential election so that they flipped votes to President Joe Biden over then President Donald Trump.
Dominion's lawsuit claimed Fox gave prominence to claims of election fraud by its guests, including Trump's former personal lawyer
In Fox's motion, filed in federal court in Delaware on Tuesday, Fox said that Dominion's lawsuit threatened the freedom of speech of news organizations, and that "the American people deserved to know why
Fox said in the motion filed Tuesday that "a free press must be able to report both sides of a story involving claims striking at the core of our democracy."
"Especially when those claims prompt numerous lawsuits, government investigations and election recounts," it added.
Fox's legal team said in the motion that the security of Dominion's technology had come under scrutiny in the past, and that the cable network "had a free-speech right to interview the president's lawyers and surrogates even if their claims eventually turned out to be unsubstantiated."
At the time Dominion filed the lawsuit, Fox News said in a statement: "Fox News Media is proud of our
Dominion's lawyers have projected that the company will lose more than $600 million in profit over the next eight years as a result of media disinformation about its voting equipment.
Smartmatic, another election-technology firm, brought a $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox in February, which Fox has also filed to dismiss.
Insider contacted Dominion for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.
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