Dominion Voting Systems has filed a $ 1.6 billion (£ 1.2 billion) defamation lawsuit against Fox News for making false claims during the 2020 election.
The voting systems company has accused the broadcaster of manipulating Dominion’s 2020 elections to improve ratings.
The company has been the target of continued false claims by former President Donald Trump and his allies to undermine the 2020 election.
Dominion argues that Fox News “sold a false story of electoral fraud for its own commercial purposes and seriously injured Dominion in the process,” according to a copy of the Associated Press lawsuit.
A number of federal and state government officials have confirmed they found no evidence in the 2020 presidential election that the votes were compromised in any way.
Despite around 50 lawsuits in several swing states that Mr Trump lost trying to overthrow the election, the Justice Department announced in December that they had found no evidence of widespread electoral fraud after the election.
Some Fox News employees made false allegations that Dominion changed votes using algorithms in its voting machines created in Venezuela to rig elections for the late dictator Hugo Chavez.
On-air personalities brought in Trump allies Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani to spread the allegations, and then reinforced those allegations on Fox News’ massive social media platforms.
Dominion said in the lawsuit that it made repeated attempts to correct the record but was ignored by Fox News.
“This was a conscious, knowing business decision to support, iterate, and spread those lies to keep the audience,” said lawyer Justin Nelson of Susman Godfrey LLC.
Associated Press coverage