Fox News abruptly settles as case on false election claims begins

Posted at 4:34 PM, April 18, 2023 and last updated 3:50 PM, May 11, 2023

By Scripps News Staff

Fox News suddenly settled a case over false election claims with a Colorado-based voting machine company on Tuesday just as a jury was being seated to hear arguments in the case.

Sketch showing start of trial between Fox News and Dominion

A courtroom sketch shows the start of the Fox News/Dominion defamation trial. (Sketch by Elizabeth Williams)

The $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit was set to begin in Delaware.

In a press conference following the settlement agreement, Dominion said it will receive $787,500,000.

The trial was set to focus on the network’s claims that the 2020 presidential election weren’t accurate. Fox News repeatedly reported on false claims that Dominion voting machines were faulty.

In its official statement, Fox acknowledged the court’s rulings “finding certain claims about Dominion to be false.”

Dominion said the settlement holds Fox News accountable.

“The truth matters. Lies have consequences. Over two years ago, a torrent of lies swept Dominion and election officials across America into an alternative universe of conspiracy theories causing grievous harm to Dominion and the country,” one of the company’s lawyers said after the settlement.

The trial had already been delayed by a day. The judge pushed the trial back to Tuesday to give the two parties a chance to come up with a last-minute settlement.

“This litigation will not solve all problems, all of us remain ever vigilant to find common, factual ground,” one of Dominion’s lawyers said. “Today represents a ringing endorsement for truth and for democracy.

Fox will be spared the embarrassment of some of its most prominent anchors testifying about the lies they elevated on their programs.

“We are hopeful that our decision to resolve this dispute with Dominion amicably, instead of the acrimony of a divisive trial, allows the country to move forward from these issues,” Fox News said in a statement.

This story was originally published on April 18, 2023 by Scripps News, an E.W. Scripps Company.