Getting sued is typically not a good thing. However, sometimes it’s the only way for the truth to have its day in court.
Smartmatic tech company has filed a $2.7 billion lawsuit against several high-profile targets for accusations that their voting systems were responsible for fraud, The Hill reported. Fox’s “Justice with Judge Jeanine” host Jeanine Pirro has been targeted by the suit, along with other Fox News Channel hosts Maria Bartiromo and Lou Dobbs.
The hosts were thrown in with the legal action against the entire Fox Corporation. The suit also named President Donald Trump’s attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell in what Smartmatic has called “the conspiracy to defame and disparage Smartmatic and its election technology and software” in its lawsuit.
“With this action, Smartmatic says: Enough. Facts matter. Truth matters. Defendants engaged in a conspiracy to spread disinformation about Smartmatic,” the lawsuit claimed. “They lied. And they did so knowingly and intentionally. Smartmatic seeks to hold them accountable for those lies and for the damage that their lies have caused.”
The company had 16 claims for defamation and disparagement against many right-leaning defendants and is seeking a complete retraction of statements Smartmatic said were damaging. The lawsuit said the company is seeking “$2.7 billion for the economic and non-economic damage caused by Defendants’ disinformation campaign as well as punitive damages.”
Although Smartmatic was only involved in the Los Angeles elections, the company claims it was lumped in with the other “conspiracy theories” about facilitating widespread voter fraud that got Trump thrown out of office. The company has claimed those charges hurt future business and even led to the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Dominion Voting Systems filed a similar lawsuit as well.
“Fox News Media is committed to providing the full context of every story with in-depth reporting and clear opinion,” a Fox News Media spokesperson said in defense of the lawsuit to The Hill. “We are proud of our 2020 election coverage and will vigorously defend this meritless lawsuit in court.”
The best thing to happen would be for these companies to get their day in court. If any of the defendants can prove what they said is true, Trump and his team will finally be vindicated. If not, those who make false accusations will finally get what they deserve.