Legal professionals for Dominion Voting Techniques, simply after asserting a lawsuit against Fox News for allegedly spreading defamatory lies about the company, signaled Friday that they could file extra fits in opposition to particular Fox personalities.
“We’ve not dominated out any events, together with particular person brokers of Fox Information that we referenced within the lawsuit,” mentioned Stephen Shackelford, an lawyer for Dominion’s case against Fox and a companion at trial agency Susman Godfrey, on a convention name with reporters.
He gave an identical reply when requested particularly about Lou Dobbs and Maria Bartiromo, each of whom are prominently featured in Dominion’s go well with in opposition to Fox.
“We’ve not dominated out suing these particular person brokers,” Shackelford mentioned, however “finally although, the buck stops with Fox.”
He later added: “I do not assume that is going to be the final lawsuit filed. All we will say at this level is, we’re doing our due diligence and looking on the proof.”
The lawsuit in Delaware Superior Court docket is asking for greater than $1.6 billion in damages.
Dominion has already filed separate federal lawsuits in opposition to former President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, the lawyer Sidney Powell and the pro-Trump CEO of MyPillow, Mike Lindell.
Dominion, whose machines are licensed in 28 states, argues that every of these defendants defamed the corporate and severely broken its popularity by falsely claiming it rigged the 2020 presidential election in opposition to Trump.
Trump misplaced to President Joe Biden however by no means formally conceded the race. He spent months amplifying an array of baseless conspiracy theories about election fraud, and pressured politicians to take steps that would overturn Biden’s victory.
On Jan. 6, he held a rally outdoors the White Home and referred to as on Vice President Mike Pence and different Republicans to not certify Biden’s Electoral Faculty victory. A mob of Trump’s supporters then stormed the U.S. Capitol, forcing a joint session of Congress into hiding. The invasion resulted in 5 deaths, together with a U.S. Capitol police officer.
Dominion’s newest defamation go well with claims that “because of Fox’s orchestrated defamatory marketing campaign,” staff in any respect ranges of the corporate “have been repeatedly harassed. Some have even acquired loss of life threats. And naturally, Dominion’s enterprise has suffered huge and irreparable financial hurt.”
The go well with accuses Fox of “broadcasting the lies of facially unreliable sources — which had been embraced by Fox’s personal on-air personalities — as a result of the lies had been good for Fox’s enterprise.”
These allegedly unreliable sources embody Powell, whose attorneys this week requested a decide to dismiss Dominion’s $1.3 billion defamation case in opposition to her.
Powell’s attorneys in that movement to dismiss claimed that “no reasonable person” would believe that her false claims and conspiracy theories about the 2020 election were “truly statements of fact.”
Fox Information Media in an announcement Friday mentioned it’s “proud” of its protection of the 2020 election, “which stands within the highest custom of American journalism.” The corporate mentioned it “will vigorously defend in opposition to this baseless lawsuit in courtroom.”
The authorized criticism in Delaware repeatedly references a slew of present and former Fox hosts and on-air personalities, together with Bartiromo, Dobbs, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Jeanine Pirro.
Dobbs’ surname, as an example, seems almost 300 occasions in numerous kinds within the 139-page courtroom submitting. In early February, Fox cancelled Dobbs’ present “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” which aired on Fox Enterprise.
Each Fox Information Community, LLC, and Dominion Voting Techniques, Inc., are primarily based in Delaware, although each firms are headquartered elsewhere.
“The disinformation marketing campaign waged in opposition to our firm has brought about us extreme harm and undermined belief in American democratic establishments,” Dominion CEO John Poulos mentioned in an announcement Friday morning.
“These lies even have threatened the private security of our staff and prospects. No sum of money will restore the harm carried out,” Poulos mentioned.
Dominion authorized counsel Tom Clare mentioned in an announcement that Fox “endorsed, repeated, and broadcast a sequence of verifiably false, but devastating, lies about Dominion. Fox’s viral disinformation marketing campaign reached over a billion folks worldwide and brought about huge hurt to Dominion.”