Technology company Smartmatic filed a $2.7 billion lawsuit against Fox News Thursday for broadcasting false claims about the 2020 presidential election.
The 276-page complaint alleges that Fox News, following the lead of pro-Trump attorneys Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, “joined the conspiracy to defame and disparage Smartmatic and its election technology and software.”
The lawsuit specifically cites instances of Fox News broadcasting interviews with Giuliani and Powell, as the attorneys made false claims about the company, including that it was created by Venezuela President Hugo Chávez and the Smartmatic software manipulated the vote count in favor of now-President Joe Biden. Such allegations are unsupported by any evidence.
“The Earth is round. Two plus two equals four. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the 2020 election… The election was not stolen, rigged, or fixed. These are facts. They are demonstrable and irrefutable,” Smartmatic explains in the complaint’s introduction.
Dominion Voting Systems, another election technology company, recently filed lawsuits against Powell and Giuliani for similar claims.
“Fox News Media is committed to providing the full context of every story with in-depth reporting and clear opinion. We are proud of our 2020 election coverage and will vigorously defend this meritless lawsuit in court,” a Fox News spokesperson responded in a statement.
Prior to these false claims, Smartmatic asserts it held a multi-billion-dollar enterprise value. Forecasts in the next five years allegedly projected $3.1 billion in revenue. For reputational and economic harm, the company is seeking no less than $2.7 billion in damages and requests a jury trial.