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Dominion Voting Systems’ defamation lawsuit against Fox Corporation will proceed — though its claims against Fox’s subsidiary will not — a state judge in Delaware Government On Tuesday, after the Voting Machine Company allegedly led a Fox News effort to pursue baseless election fraud claims involving Dominion Machines, despite being allegedly false by Fox executives including Rupert Murdoch and son Lachlan. on Tuesday.

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Delaware State Judge Eric M. Davis rejected Fox Corporation’s motion to dismiss Dominion’s defamation suit, though he dismissed separate claims against Fox Broadcasting Company and allegations of fraud published on Fox.com. given, saying that Dominion’s allegations against it were insufficient.

Dominion sued Fox Corporation and Fox Broadcasting in November 2021, accusing Fox’s top executives—namely Murdoch—of “direct control over Fox News’ programming decisions” after the 2020 election, and thus of networks affiliated with Dominion. were responsible for the false fraud claims. machines.

Davis-ruled Dominion had accused the case of defamation enough to proceed, finding that there is a “reasonable presumption” that Fox Corporation “participated in the creation and publication of Fox News’ defamatory statements” and that the alleged defamation Helped to “cause”.

The judge also ruled that there is a “reasonable conclusion” that Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch in particular knew that the fraudulent claims about Dominion were false, but pushed them anyway—which would be “genuine malice” that amounts to defamation. could constitute – citing reporting Rupert Murdoch did not believe fraudulent claims and pieces Among other Murdoch-owned newspapers that denounced President Donald Trump’s allegations of fraud.

Davis had previously allowed a separate Dominion lawsuit to proceed against Fox News, but Fox tried to protect Fox Corporation and Murdoch as part of that lawsuit and refused to withhold documents from them, This led Dominion to file a second lawsuit against the parent company. ,

Fox Corporation has not yet responded to a request for comment.