SmartMatic is suing Fox Information, alleging the community defamed election expertise firms
According to Smartmatic, Fox’s disinformation likely cost the company billions of dollars in potential profits.
Smartmatic, a small voting technology company, has filed a lawsuit against Fox News and its parent company, accusing the companies of defamation and conspiracy.
The New York Times reports that the complaint was filed with the New York State Supreme Court earlier this week.
The lawsuit itself was brought by Smartmatic, a relatively unknown electoral technology company that operated vote counting machines in a single county. But Smartmatic’s suit is high: He calls himself as defendants Fox News along with network anchors Maria Bartiromo, Lou Dobbs and Jeanine Pirro.
Some of Trump’s attorneys past and present are also listed as defendants – including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, who tried to prevent several states from confirming election results.
Smartmatic’s game could get Fox News in big trouble, according to the New York Times.
If the lawsuit goes to court, Smartmatic’s attorneys could show the nation how Fox’s propaganda questions the results of the 2020 presidential election – doubts culminating in the January 6th riot at the Capitol in Washington, DC
Smartmatic has so far demanded that Fox pay at least $ 2.7 billion in damages.
In its lawsuit, Smartmatic states that Fox News devoted significant airtime to anchors and hosts who claimed the Democrats somehow “cheated” of his position on former President Donald Trump.
Several Fox anchors – and guest speakers – advanced discredited conspiracy theories that Democrats manipulated election results or otherwise facilitated election fraud.
A Trump pence campaign sign. Image via Wikimedia Commons via Flickr / User: Gage Skidmore (CCA-BY-2.0).
Smartmatic claims that Fox’s coverage is “at risk” [its] billion dollar business pipeline. “The company also claims that Fox has made it difficult for companies like Smartmatic to thrive and profit in the future.
Fox’s lawyers had steadfastly denied the allegations.
“Fox News Media strives to provide the full context of each story with detailed coverage and clear opinion,” Fox said in a statement. “We are proud of our 2020 election coverage and will vigorously defend this unsubstantiated lawsuit in court.”
Laura Coates, CNN’s senior legal analysis, told the network that Smartmatic effectively accused Fox of knowingly spreading disinformation.
“When you make statements that are knowingly false, and you make them with malice, and you actually tarnish your reputation and it has financial consequences, that is why you have primarily defamation lawsuits,” Coates said.
Antonio Mugica, CEO and founder of Smartmatic, further told CNN that the company has no choice but to bring Fox to justice, in large part because Fox and its anchors were essentially trying to discredit and destroy electoral technology companies like his .
“The disinformation campaign that has been launched against us is a destructive one,” said Mugica. “It’s vital for us and we have to take action.”
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