Newsmax is a conservative American news and opinion website founded by Christopher Ruddy. A few days ago Dominion Voting Systems Corporation, a company that sells electronic voting hardware and software, including voting machines and tabulators, in the United States and Canada sued Newsmax for defaming their image and criticizing their voting system.
Dominion’s chief executive, John Poulos, said in a statement. “We have no choice but to seek to hold those responsible to account.” Dominion is also seeking $1.6 billion in damages from each network.
Three prominent allies of former U.S. President Donald Trump –Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and Mike Lindell – on Wednesday lost a bid to dismiss multibillion-dollar lawsuits saying their false claims about the 2020 presidential election defamed the Dominion voting equipment company.
U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols in Washington D.C. said in a written decision that lawsuits brought against the trio by Dominion Voting Systems should move forward. The company had said it was defamed because Trump and his supporters spread false claims that it rigged the election against him.
Nichols held that the First Amendment, which protects the right to free speech, offers “no blanket immunity” to Powell and Lindell in the lawsuits. Powell is a lawyer who later left the Trump campaign. Lindell is a conspiracy theorist who founded a pillow and bedding company.
A Dominion spokesperson said: “We are pleased to see this process moving forward to hold (the defendants) accountable.”
The judge also rejected an argument by Giuliani, a former U.S. prosecutor and mayor of New York, that Dominion had not explained its request for money damages with enough specificity.
Lawsuits are being considered by the court. But there are chances that these lawsuits against Newsmax and other news media groups by Dominion will not get desirable results. Because News media groups can be exempted from such cases by defining themselves as a propagator or by revising their rights of reporting, criticizing & freedom of speech.