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Fox Faces Challenges is Legal Battle With Dominion

Fox News is facing a massive defamation suit filed against it from Dominion voting systems.

The assertions about the company made on Fox News are all included in the lawsuit, something legal experts say is unprecedented, DNYUZ reports.

Most defamation suits revolve around one claim, in this case multiple claims exist.

Fox News Chairman Rupert Murdoch, and his son CEO Lachlan are expected to be deposed this month the report states.

The case threatens a huge financial and reputational blow to Fox, by far the most powerful conservative media company in the country. But legal scholars say it also has the potential to deliver a powerful verdict on the kind of pervasive and pernicious falsehoods — and the people who spread them — that are undermining the country’s faith in democracy.

“We’re litigating history in a way: What is historical truth?” said Lee Levine, a noted First Amendment lawyer who has argued several major media defamation cases. “Here you’re taking very recent current events and going through a process which, at the end, is potentially going to declare what the correct version of history is.”

The case has caused palpable unease at the Fox News Channel, said several people there, who would speak only anonymously. Anchors and executives have been preparing for depositions and have been forced to hand over months of private emails and text messages to Dominion, which is hoping to prove that network employees knew that wild accusations of ballot rigging in the 2020 election were false. The hosts Steve Doocy, Dana Perino and Shepard Smith are among the current and former Fox personalities who either have been deposed or will be this month.

Dominion is trying to build a case that aims straight at the top of the Fox media empire and the Murdochs. In court filings and depositions, Dominion lawyers have laid out how they plan to show that senior Fox executives hatched a plan after the election to lure back viewers who had switched to rival hard-right networks, which were initially more sympathetic than Fox was to Mr. Trump’s voter-fraud claims.

For Dominion to be successful they must show “actual malice.”

This standard means that Dominion must prove that Fox knew what the hosts and guests were saying was false or they ignored information proving the statements false.

It is now up to Dominion to prove if Fox showed a reckless disregard for the truth.

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