Fox News and Dominion Voting Systems have reportedly reached a settlement over the network’s coverage of former President Donald Trump’s claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election.
The settlement came just hours before opening arguments in the defamation trial were slated to begin in a Delaware courtroom
Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
Dominion Voting Systems filed a $1.6 billion lawsuit in 2021 following the presidential election. The company argues Fox News‘ airing of claims of voter fraud propagated by former President Donald Trump and his allies defamed the company and caused irreparable damage to its credibility.
Fox had fiercely defended itself on First Amendment grounds and has argued the network was covering the allegations being made by the then-President because they were newsworthy.
“This case is and always has been about the First Amendment protections of the media‘s absolute right to cover the news,” Fox said in a recent statement about the case. “Fox will continue to fiercely advocate for the rights of free speech and a free press as we move into the next phase of these proceedings.”
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