Fox News Just Got Closer To Oblivion After Judge’s Devastating Ruling On Dominion Lawsuit
After thousands of pages of filings and exhibits, and a series of courtroom clashes, a Delaware judge ruled Friday that the Dominion Voting Systems’ historic $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News will proceed to a high-stakes jury trial in mid-April.
In his 130-page ruling, Superior Court Judge Eric Davis dismantled several of Fox News’ potential trial defenses, dealing a significant blow to the network. On the whole, these findings from Davis take away several key arguments that Fox could’ve presented to the jury, making it harder for them to prevail at trial.
Davis ruled that Fox News can’t invoke the “neutral report privilege,” which protects journalists who neutrally pass along newsworthy allegations in an unbiased fashion. Dominion had argued that Fox News hosts essentially took a side while covering the fallout of the 2020 election, by throwing their weight behind the false idea that the results were illegitimate, and Dominion was to blame.
“The evidence does not support that (Fox News) conducted good-faith, disinterested reporting,” Davis wrote. “(Fox News’) failure to reveal extensive contradicting evidence from the public sphere and Dominion itself indicates that its reporting was not disinterested.”
“The evidence developed in this civil proceeding demonstrates that is CRYSTAL clear that none of the Statements relating to Dominion about the 2020 election are true,” Davis wrote, according to CNN.
The judge’s decision is a painful setback for Fox News and sets the stage for an agonizing, weekslong trial, where the network’s highest-ranking executives and most prominent hosts would likely to be called to the stand to testify about the 2020 election lies that were promoted on its air.
Unless there is an out-of-court settlement — which is always possible — Davis’ ruling means jurors will need to decide whether Fox News defamed Dominion by repeatedly promoting false claims that the voting technology company rigged the 2020 presidential election by flipping millions of votes from Donald Trump to Joe Biden.
As reported by CNN, Jury selection is scheduled to begin on April 13 in Wilmington, Delaware.
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