By Marshall Cohen | CNN
Dominion Voting Methods’ $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit in opposition to Newsmax over the right-wing community’s airing of 2020 election lies is scheduled to go to trial in late September 2024, a Delaware decide determined.
Dominion sued Newsmax within the wake of the 2020 election over the community’s on-air promotion of the false declare that the voting know-how firm rigged the election in opposition to then-President Donald Trump by flipping tens of millions of votes to Joe Biden. The community denies wrongdoing.
The choice by Delaware Superior Courtroom Choose Eric Davis means — barring an out-of-court settlement — Trump’s lies concerning the 2020 election can be entrance and middle at a four-week trial throughout the closing weeks of the 2024 election.
Davis presided over the same high-profile defamation case introduced by Dominion in opposition to Fox Information over the community’s airing of election lies. The case led to April with a last-second $787 million settlement, the biggest publicly recognized defamation settlement in US historical past.
Dominion filed its lawsuit in opposition to Newsmax in August 2021 and is in search of $1.6 billion in damages.
The allegations stem from Newsmax broadcasts that included claims that Dominion “has a protracted historical past of rigging elections,” its software program “altered and flipped” votes within the 2020 election, and that the “complete election was hacked” in Biden’s favor. None of these claims had been true, although they had been peddled on Newsmax by Trump allies, together with Sidney Powell, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Lindell and Patrick Byrne, who’re going through defamation lawsuits of their very own.
Newsmax can be going through a large defamation swimsuit from Smartmatic, one other voting know-how firm that was accused by right-wing figures of rigging the 2020 election.
The professional-Trump cable community has pushed again in opposition to the lawsuits by arguing that it was precisely reporting on statements made by Trump and his attorneys, and that its protection included a disclaimer in late 2020 saying that there was “no proof” that Dominion or Smartmatic “manipulated votes” within the election.