Earlier this year, Dominion Voting Systems released the anti-kraken, filing a $1.3 billion lawsuit against Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Mike Lindell, and a $1.6 billion suit against Fox News. Dominion later added Newsmax and One America News (OAN) to those getting not-happy paperwork. All of the above were charged with defamation, and more specifically for knowingly spreading false information about both the accuracy of Dominion’s voting machines and the actions of the company in order to support conspiracy theories that favored Donald Trump. Fellow voting machine manufacturer SmartMatic soon joined in the action and even upped the ante on Fox News, suing the company for $2.7 billion.
The suits served one immediate purpose: Both Newsmax and OAN cooled their jets as they realized they were getting justifiably sued for an amount that exceeded the value of their companies. Fox News, at least temporarily, grew more careful in how it pitched claims about voting machine fraud. Meanwhile Giuliani, Powell, and Lindell … went right on lying. In August, Giuliani, Powell, and Lindell lost an attempt to dismiss the suit against them as a district court judge allowed the suits against them to proceed. Despite false claims to the contrary, the case is still ongoing, but it’s unclear when there will be any kind of ruling.
Just like the members of Trump’s legal team, and the pillow guy, Fox News filed a motion for dismissal of the case against them back in May. The argument that Fox used in its motion was that they didn’t really invent the lies about Dominion; they only repeated them. But even though Fox News’ motion claimed they did nothing more than report on litigation brought by Trump’s team, their actions went far beyond just explaining what was in the claims Trump’s team was bringing forward.
On Thursday afternoon, Fox News joined Giuliani & Co. by losing their motion. The suit against them continues.