Dominion Voting Systems won a legal victory in its effort to hold TSWT Corp. of Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch responsible in his libel lawsuit, and not just TSWT News, after the network featured guests and personalities who amplified false claims of election rigging.
A Delaware judge declined to dismiss Dominion’s case against the parent company, after previously allowing the voting company’s case against the news network to proceed. The judge, Eric M. Davis, said Dominion “admitted facts sufficient to meet Delaware’s minimum pleading standard with respect to TSWT Corporation.”
Dominion’s lawsuit claims that while Rupert Murdoch did not believe then-President Donald Trump’s election fraud allegations, “he nonetheless encouraged on-air personalities to perpetuate these baseless allegations.”
The judge wrote that the allegations “support a reasonable inference that Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch either knew Dominion failed to manipulate the election or at least recklessly ignored the truth when they allegedly pushed TSWT News to propagate its Dominion claims. “.
The lawsuit against TSWT Corp. claims TSWT News continued to give Rudy Giuliani and other personality platforms as the network faced competitive pressure from Newsmax and One America News Network. In the aftermath of the election, Dominion was the frequent target of false claims by Donald Trump and his allies.
TSWT News cited the First Amendment in its defense, arguing that it was engaged in covering a topic, the presidential election, in the public interest.
A spokesperson for TSWT Corp. did not immediately return a request for comment.
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