Dominion Voting Systems announced today that they have filed a lawsuit against Newsmax, One America News Network (OANN), and former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne claiming the networks defamed the company during their reports about the election involving Dominion voting machines.
The trio of complaints claims that OAN, Newsmax and former Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne “knowingly and continuously sold the false story of election fraud in the 2020 presidential election, with Dominion cast as the villain.”
“Newsmax and OAN both endorsed, repeated, broadcast, and amplified a series of verifiably false lies about Dominion to serve their own commercial purposes,” wrote Dominion lawyer Stephen Shackelford, a partner at Susman Godfrey LLP.
“Patrick Byrne is responsible for bankrolling and promoting a viral disinformation campaign about Dominion that reached millions of people worldwide. We are suing to set the record straight, to vindicate Dominion’s rights, to hold the defendants accountable, and to recover damages for the devastating economic harm done to Dominion’s business,” Shackelford added.
The complaint claims that OAN and Newsmax repeated outlandish and far-fetched fictions to include:
- Dominion committed election fraud by rigging the 2020 Presidential Election
- Dominion’s software and algorithms manipulated vote counts in the 2020 Presidential Election
- Dominion is owned by or owns a company founded in Venezuela to rig elections for the late dictator Hugo Chávez
- Dominion was involved with alleged voting irregularities in Philadelphia and Dallas — cities where its voting system is not even used.
- Dominion paid kickbacks to government officials who used its machines in swing states during the 2020 Presidential Election
“The defendants in today’s filings recklessly disregarded the truth when they spread lies in November and continue to do so today,” wrote Dominion CEO John Poulos in a statement Tuesday, referring to the false claims of a fraudulent election.
“This barrage of lies by the defendants and others have caused — and continue to cause — severe damage to our company, customers, and employees. We have no choice but to seek to hold those responsible to account,” Poulos added.
Newsmax condemns the Dominion lawsuit in a statement
“While Newsmax has not reviewed the Dominion filing, in its coverage of the 2020 Presidential elections, Newsmax simply reported on allegations made by well-known public figures, including the President, his advisors and members of Congress — Dominion’s action today is a clear attempt to squelch such reporting and undermine a free press,” the company said.
OAN and Overstock at the time of this article’s publication have yet to respond to the suit.