Dominion Voting Systems made headlines this week when it was revealed that the company launched a staggering, $1.6 billion lawsuit against cable news giant Fox News, for what Dominion says was an attempt to purposely spread election equipment-related conspiracy theories to drum up ratings.
The company managed to stay in the headlines over the weekend as a follow-up report indicated that the company might not stop with Fox News, suggesting that former President Donald Trump has been potentially targeted for an upcoming defamation lawsuit, according to the Washington Examiner.
What’s going on?
The defamation lawsuit against Fox News, which was officially filed this week, received more than its fair share of attention from networks, such as CNN and MSNBC, who aren’t exactly known as allies of the former president, to put it lightly.
CNN’s chief media correspondent Brian Stelter asked Dominion attorney Stephen Shackelford if the company could eventually take legal action against the former president, given that he was one of the most influential spreaders of conspiracy theories that revolved around the allegation that Dominion Voting Systems machines were rigged to “steal” the election from him.
“We have not ruled out any potential defendants who participated in this defamation campaign,” Shackelford replied.
Shackelford wouldn’t go into any additional detail on who else might be named in future lawsuits and reiterated that at this point in time, they’re focused on winning the lawsuit against Fox News.
Fox News responded to the news of the lawsuit over the weekend, saying in a statement that the cable news network “will vigorously defend against this baseless lawsuit in court.”
Who else is getting sued?
Prior to the announcement of the Fox News defamation suit, Dominion Voting filed similar lawsuits against some of the president’s closest advisers and friends, including a $1.3 billion lawsuit against personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who was prolific in spreading the conspiracy theory suggesting that Dominion helped rig the 2020 election results.
Adding to the list of defendants is MyPillow CEO and close Trump confidant Mike Lindell, who was served earlier this year with a $1 billion defamation lawsuit, as Dominion Voting charged Lindell with playing an influential role in damaging the company with claims that were never once proven in a court of law.
Former Trump attorney Sidney Powell, who was also at the top of the list of spreading the rigged election conspiracy, was sued by Dominion for over $1 billion. In a turn of events this past week and her attempt to have the lawsuit dismissed, Powell wrote that “no reasonable person would conclude” that her statements about rigged voting machines “were truly statements of fact.”
The voting machine company also revealed that future lawsuits against specific Fox News personalities could also be on the table, depending on how the suit against Fox News ends up.
Only time will tell if Dominion Voting has any luck with one of their defamation lawsuits, but it’s clear that they’re waging full-on legal war with anyone connected to the former president.