Fox News settles blockbuster defamation lawsuit with Dominion Voting System
Fox News settles Dominion Voting Systems defamation lawsuit : NPR
Fox News and its parent company Fox Corp. have struck a deal averting a trial in the blockbuster defamation suit filed by the election tech company Dominion Voting Systems over spurious claims of fraud in the 2020 presidential race.
Judge Eric Davis of the Delaware Superior Court announced the settlement from the bench on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the trial's scheduled start.
The parties settled for $787,500,000 — about half of Dominion's original $1.6 billion ask.
The amount "represents vindication and accountability," said Dominion lawyer Justin Nelson. "Lies have consequences."
Dominion CEO John Poulos told reporters, "Fox has admitted to telling lies about Dominion that caused enormous damage to my company, our employees and the customers that we serve. Nothing can ever make up for that. Throughout this process, we have sought accountability," he said. "Truthful reporting in the media is essential to our democracy."
Fox News released a statement shortly after a settlement was announced.
"We acknowledge the Court's rulings finding certain claims about Dominion to be false," the statement said. "This settlement reflects FOX's continued commitment to the highest journalistic standards. We are hopeful that our decision to resolve this dispute with Dominion amicably, instead of the acrimony of a divisive trial, allows the country to move forward from these issues."
Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
Will they also now fire all these confirmed and admitted fake news hosts?