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Fox News apologized to the Delaware judge. Dominion Voting Systems Lawsuit not properly defined Fox Corporation. chairman Rupert Murdoch A formal role in the network, according to a letter filed with the court.
“We understand the court’s concerns, apologize and are committed to clear and full communication with the court,” Fox attorney Blake Rohrbacher said in a letter Friday.
Dominion voting system filed a defamation lawsuit In March 2021, Fox and its television networks Fox News and Fox Business alleged that their organizers had falsely claimed that the Dominion voting machines had been rigged in the 2020 presidential election. . Joe Biden beat the former president donald trump.
Fox’s apology comes on the eve of the trial, which is scheduled to begin Monday. Delaware Superior Court Judge Eric Davis expressed dissatisfaction Network Tuesday for failing to disclose exactly Murdoch’s leadership role. Fox’s attorneys repeatedly insisted Murdoch did not have a formal position at Fox News, but later revealed that he served as his chair executive at Fox News.
“This is a problem,” Davis said, according to court records. “I need to feel comfortable when you express something that is true to me.”
Wednesday, Davis Licensed Fox for the destruction of evidence reportedly If the deposition etc. needs to be redone, it will cost the company.
“This was a misunderstanding,” Fox attorney Blake Rohlbacher wrote in the letter. “Following the hearing on April 5, we had to update the Court with a full answer. Care had to be taken to ensure that all listed company titles were reflected.”
Fox is defending itself against Dominion’s claims that could result in more than $1.6 billion in damages. An appeal is likely regardless of the outcome.
Fox, which has denied Dominion’s allegations and said it is protected by the First Amendment, opposes the damages sought by the voting machine maker. Davis recently said it would be up to the jury to decide the issue.
— CNBC’s Lillian Lizzo contributed to this report.
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