Fox News Lawsuit: A Deep Dive into Legal Battles and Media Impact

Fox News Lawsuit

Fox News Lawsuit

Fox News, a prominent news network, is currently embroiled in a lawsuit alleging defamation and unfair treatment of employees. The lawsuit, filed by former employees and contributors, claims that Fox News engaged in a pattern of discriminatory behavior and retaliatory practices. This article explores the details of the lawsuit, its implications for Fox News, and the broader impact on the media industry.

Fox News (Smartmatic):

Smartmatic sued Fox News and its anchors Lou Dobbs and Maria Bartiromo in February 2021, alleging they “engaged in a conspiracy to spread disinformation about Smartmatic,” and after a New York state judge ruled in March that the $2.7 billion lawsuit could move forward against those defendants but not against anchor Jeanine Pirro, an appeals judge ruled in February to restore the claims against Pirro and denied Fox’s motion to dismiss.

Rudy Giuliani (Smartmatic):

Smartmatic named Giuliani as a defendant in the first lawsuit it filed in February 2021; a New York state judge allowed some of its claims to move forward against him but not others before an appeals judge reinstated those claims in February, and Giuliani countersued Smartmatic in an effort to reclaim his attorneys fees in the case.

Rudy Giuliani (Dominion):

A federal judge has allowed Dominion’s case against Giuliani to move forward, declining to throw out the defamation lawsuit on technical procedural grounds as Giuliani had asked after the voting machine company sued him in January 2021, alleging he “enriche[d] himself by falsely claiming that Dominion fixed the election.”

Sidney Powell (Dominion):

Dominion filed its first lawsuit in January 2021 against far-right attorney Powell, who has been the most prominent person spreading fraud claims involving the companies’ voting machines, seeking $1.3 billion in damages, and U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols denied Powell’s motion to dismiss the case in August 2021.

Sidney Powell (Smartmatic):

Smartmatic named Powell as a defendant in a lawsuit in state court in April 2021, and while a judge ruled that case couldn’t move forward against her, the company has separately sued her in federal court, which remains pending.

OANN (Dominion):

U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols ruled in November that Dominion’s lawsuit against OANN can move forward, finding Dominion has jurisdiction to bring the case, after the voting company sued One America News Network (OANN) in August 2021, alleging the far-right network promoted fraud allegations despite knowing they were false and “​​helped create and cultivate an alternate reality where … Dominion engaged in a colossal fraud.”

OANN (Smartmatic):

Smartmatic separately sued OANN in federal court in November 2021, alleging the network “reported a lie” and spread fraud claims about the company—whose machines were only used in California in 2020—knowing they were false; Nichols similarly ruled that case can move forward in June.

Mike Lindell (Smartmatic):

U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright denied MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s motion to dismiss Smartmatic’s case against him in September, after Smartmatic sued MyPillow and Lindell in January 2022 for defamation and deceptive trade practices, alleging the CEO spread “lies” about the company and “intentionally stoked the fires of xenophobia and party-divide for the noble purpose of selling his pillows.”

Mike Lindell (Dominion):

Denver-based Dominion separately sued Lindell and MyPillow for defamation in federal court, which a judge allowed to move forward in August 2021, with Dominion alleging the CEO “sells the lie” about the company’s voting machines “because the lie sells pillows.”

Newsmax (Dominion):

Dominion sued Newsmax in Delaware state court in August 2021, and Davis denied a motion to dismiss the suit in June, finding the news network likely knew its allegations against Dominion were “probably false” and its reporting may have intentionally left out evidence showing Dominion wasn’t involved with election fraud.

Newsmax (Smartmatic):

Smartmatic sued Newsmax in Delaware state court in November 2021, alleging it spread false claims against the voting company, which a judge allowed to move forward in February, and Newsmax has countersued Smartmatic because it alleges the company is trying to censor the network’s First Amendment-protected speech.

Patrick Byrne (Dominion):

Dominion sued former Overstock CEO Byrne in August 2021, alleging the businessman “manufactured and promoted fake evidence to convince the world that the 2020 election had been stolen” using Dominion voting machines, and U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols denied Byrne’s motion to dismiss the case in April 2022, ruling “a reasonable jury could find Byrne acted with actual malice” in spreading provably false assertions about Dominion.


The Fox News lawsuit underscores the importance of accountability and transparency in the media industry. It serves as a reminder to news organizations to prioritize the well-being of their employees and to address any allegations of misconduct promptly and thoroughly. As the legal proceedings continue, it will be crucial for Fox News to take meaningful steps to address the concerns raised in the lawsuit and to rebuild trust with its audience and employees.

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