Fox Settles Dominion Lawsuit, but Is Entangled in Other Legal Cases
Even after the settlement on Tuesday with Dominion Voiting Systems. Fox still remains entangled in other litigation. Here’s where some of the other lawsuits stand:
Smartmatic: Another election technology company, Smartmatic, filed a $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox in February 2021, accusing the news network of falsely implicating the company in a bogus narrative about vote rigging in the 2020 election.
“Dominion’s litigation exposed some of the misconduct and damage caused by Fox’s disinformation campaign,” a Smartmatic spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday. “Smartmatic will expose the rest.”
Smartmatic said in its complaint that Fox knowingly aired more than 100 false statements. A day after the suit was filed, Fox Business canceled the show of Lou Dobbs, who was named as a defendant.
In February, a New York appeals court denied Fox’s request to dismiss the case, and last month a New York judge agreed the case could proceed. A trial date has not been set.
A Fox News spokeswoman said in a statement: “We are confident we will prevail as freedom of the press is foundational to our democracy and must be protected while the damages claims in this case are outrageous, unsupported and not rooted in sound financial analysis.”
Abby Grossberg: On March 20, Fox News producer Abby Grossberg, who had worked with the hosts Maria Bartiromo and Tucker Carlson, filed two lawsuits against the company, in Delaware and in New York, saying that Fox’s lawyers had pushed her to give a misleading deposition in the Dominion case and alleging a hostile and discriminatory work environment. Ms. Grossberg was fired after filing the complaints.
“We will continue to vigorously defend Fox against Ms. Grossberg’s unmeritorious legal claims, which are riddled with false allegations against Fox and our employees,” a Fox News spokeswoman said.
Crikey News: In this case, filed in August 2022, Lachlan Murdoch, the C.E.O. of Fox Corporation, is the one suing for libel.
Mr. Murdoch has accused Crikey News, a small Australian website, of defaming him after it published a column linking a “Murdoch” to the Jan. 6 Capitol riots as an “unindicted co-conspirator.”
Crikey recently amended its defense to include documents and testimony from the Dominion case. The lawsuit is expected to go to trial in Sydney, Australia, in October.