US voting company sues Fox News and Trump lawyers for billions
On Thursday, electronic voting company Smartmatic filed a lawsuit against Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for Donald Trump, and Murdoch's right wing machine, Fox News for $3.6 billion. Additionally, former Trump lawyer Sidney Powell, Fox Corp and Fox cable network hosts Jeanine Pirro, Lou Dobbs and Maria Bartiromo are mentioned in the suit.
The voting company is suing the parties for defamation, claiming they undermined the reputation of the company through falsely accusing it of rigging the presidential election to aid the win of Joe Biden.
The law suit is an exhausting 285-page complaint, which was filed in New York state court by Florida-based Smartmatic, it stands as one of the biggest libel suits to be undertaken.
The complaint details that Fox aired more than13 reports that either stated or implied that Smartmatic had stolen the 2020 election in partnership with Venezuela's socialist Government.
An extract from the lawsuit:
"Fox News used the story to preserve its grip on viewers and readers and curry favours with the outgoing administration - one of their anchors was even able to get a pardon for her ex-husband."
While both Powell and Guiliani did not provide comment on the suit, Fox News did feel the need to say something, they stated the network, 'is committed to providing the full context of every story with in-depth reporting and clear opinion.'
The complaint specifically mentions Fox hosts Dobbs, Bartiromo and Pirro. The reason? The suit alleges they benefited from their involvement in the stories, stating that Fox ran the segments due to pressure from newcomer outlets such as Newsmax and One America News, which were breaking into the conservative viewer market.
Smartmatic stated that the effects of the negative publicity were devastating, with employees receiving death threats, including against an executive's 14-year-old son. The damage to the overall reputation of Smartmatic is significant, and the defamation suit is likely to succeed if these events can be directly linked.