Dominion Voting Systems, a voting technology company that was the target of baseless conspiracy theories claiming they helped “steal” the 2020 election to help elect President Joe Biden, filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against the right-wing channel Fox News on Friday.
The company alleged that the network “recklessly disregarded the truth” and participated in a disinformation campaign against it because “the lies were good for Fox’s business.”
“Fox took a small flame” of disinformation and “turned it into a forest fire,” Dominion said in its lawsuit.
“The truth matters. Lies have consequences,” Dominion’s lawsuit added. “Fox sold a false story of election fraud in order to serve its own commercial purposes, severely injuring Dominion in the process. If this case does not rise to the level of defamation by a broadcaster, then nothing does.”
Dominion said that as a result of Fox’s “orchestrated defamatory campaign” it had suffered “enormous and irreparable economic harm” and that its employees had been subject to death threats.
Dominion “was a target of misleading, false and bizarre claims spread by President Donald Trump and his allies in the aftermath of Trump’s election loss to Joe Biden,” according to the AP. “Those claims helped spur on rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in a violent siege that left five people dead, including a police officer.”
On social media, many celebrated the news.
Don’t settle this case. Go to trial. Don’t settle this case. Go to trial. Don’t settle this case. Go to trial. Don’t settle this case. Go to trial. Don’t settle this case. Go to trial. Don’t settle this case. Go to trial. Don’t settle this case. Go to trial.
— Good Trouble (@Ontheotherhand) March 26, 2021
Waking up to see the hero(Dominion Voting System) drag super evil villains Fox News to court. #FridayMotivation #FightForDemocracy https://t.co/jtuPVx7gnj
— Sista T (@SistaLyrics) March 26, 2021
The earth is not flat
The election was not stolen
Dominion Voting Systems will win its lawsuit against Fox News. https://t.co/G7Wka6jI6H
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 26, 2021
Breaking: the only way to stop Fox from lying or spreading disinformation and propaganda is to sue them out of business. Because no matter how many cases they lose or pay big settlements of $millions in the past they always remain committed to lying. https://t.co/clSYzEPDfP
— John Oberlin (@OMGno2trump) March 26, 2021
Lies have consequences @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/JWcrgZHoBr
— Lola (@lmnysf) March 26, 2021
Fox News slapped with massive $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit by Dominion Voting Systems.
God, I hope this is a successful lawsuit with full damages awarded. It’s the only way to put this joke of a network in check. #FoxPropagandaNetwork
— 🇨🇦Golden POTUS 🌊 (@rjcrock2003) March 26, 2021