Dominion Voting Systems filed a defamation lawsuit on Friday seeking $1.6 billion in damages against Fox News, arguing that the network knowingly spread misinformation about the company's role in nonexistent voter fraud, AP reports.
This is the first time Dominion has sued a media company in its efforts to collect billions in damages from pro-Trump figures who have pushed baseless conspiracies about its voting machines.
Dominion has previously sued Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell, and the pro-Trump MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell. All have appeared as guests on Fox News.
Dominion argues that Fox News "sold a false story of election fraud in order to serve its own commercial purposes, severely injuring Dominion in the process," per AP.
"Dominion said in the lawsuit that it tried repeatedly to set the record straight but was ignored by Fox News," AP writes.
“This was a conscious, knowing business decision to endorse and repeat and broadcast these lies in order to keep its viewership,” said Justin Nelson, an attorney representing Dominion.
There was no widespread fraud in the 2020 elections. The Department of Homeland Security called the election "the most secure in American history."