A Delaware decide on Thursday denied Newsmax’s movement to dismiss a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems alleging the community’s reporting in regards to the voting software program firm following the 2020 election was false.
Judge Eric M. Davis of the Superior Court of Delaware dominated Dominion at this stage has a case for defamation and allowed the corporate’s go well with to advance.
“The Complaint supports the reasonable inference that Newsmax either knew its statements about Dominion’s role in the election fraud were false or had a high degree of awareness that they were false,” Davis wrote in his decision.
The decide additionally stated Newsmax continued pushing election fraud claims, regardless that the community “knew the allegations were probably false.”
“Newsmax possessed countervailing evidence of election fraud from the Department of Justice, election experts, and Dominion at the time it had been making its statements,” the decide wrote.
Dominion sued Newsmax Media Inc. on Aug. 9, 2021, for $1.6 billion, arguing the right-wing media firm intentionally made false statements in regards to the 2020 presidential election and Dominion’s voting machines. On the identical day, Dominion filed two extra defamation lawsuits towards One America News Network and former Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne.
Newsmax didn’t instantly reply to HuffPost’s request for touch upon the ruling.
The community informed HuffPost in response to the lawsuit that its election protection included allegations made by newsworthy figures.
“Newsmax simply reported on allegations made by well-known public figures, including the President, his advisors and members of Congress,” the corporate stated on the time in a press release. “Dominion’s action today is a clear attempt to squelch such reporting and undermine a free press.”