Media asks judge to unseal documents in Dominion’s defamation case against Fox News | CNN Business


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The New York Times and NPR asked a judge Wednesday to unseal a large number of documents in Dominion Voting Systems’ $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against the right-wing channel Fox News.

“This lawsuit is, without question, a consequential defamation case that tests the reach of the First Amendment,” the two news organizations said in the filing.

“It has been the subject of widespread public interest and media coverage and undeniably involves a matter of deep public interest: namely, how a broadcast network verified and presented to the public allegations that the 2020 presidential election was stolen and that the plaintiff was blame,” added The Times and NPR.

Dominion filed its mammoth lawsuit against Fox News in March 2021, alleging that during the 2020 presidential election, the talk network “recklessly ignored the truth” and pushed various pro-Donald Trump conspiracy theories about the election tech company because “lies were good for Fox.” business.”

Fox News has not only strongly denied Dominion’s claims, but has insisted that it is “proud” of its coverage of the 2020 election.

Spokespersons for Dominion and Fox News did not immediately provide comment on the media’s request to the judge. But David McCraw, senior vice president and deputy general counsel at The Times, reiterated in a statement the newspaper’s belief that the case “raises important questions about libel law and First Amendment protections.”

“The public has a right to transparent court procedures to ensure that the law is applied fairly,” McCraw said. “That’s especially important in a case that touches on political issues that have deeply divided the country.”

As the lawsuit progressed through the court system, a flood of legal documents have been hidden from public view.

The case is expected to go to trial later this year unless a settlement is reached.

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