Fox News will pay $787.5 million Voting machine maker Dominion to seek damages, end defamation lawsuit for endorsing false allegations Donald Trump Who attributed his defeat in the 2020 presidential election to the manipulation of electronic voting.
“The parties have settled their dispute,” Judge Eric Davis declared to the jury, as the trial was about to officially begin in Delaware State Superior Court.
Fox News expressed its “satisfaction” with the “amicable” agreement that spares its owner, Rupert Murdochand some star presenters, such as Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity, the embarrassment of sitting down to testify as witnesses in a trial that would have tested the freedom of speech enshrined in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
“We are pleased to have found a resolution to our dispute with Dominion Voting Systems,” the chain announced in a statement, claiming to “recognize court rulings declaring certain statements about Dominion to be false,” after the judge concluded in a March 31 decision that he “was absolutely clear not to.” The validity of any claim about Dominion during the 2020 election.”
Dominion Chairman John Poulos told reporters outside the court that “Fox admitted to lying about Dominion causing serious harm to my company, our employees, and our customers. Nothing can make up for that.”
“Lies have consequences,” said a Dominion attorney, announcing that Fox News had agreed to pay $787.5 million to the company, which was seeking $1.6 billion in damages in a lawsuit filed against the chain in March 2021.
The agreement prevents the pearl of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire from being subjected to the “defamation trial of the century,” as the New York Times called it. and the questioning of Rupert Murdoch at the age of 92.
Analysts predicted that it might prove to be one of the most serious libel trials in the legal history of the United States.