Voting Machine Company Sues Trump Lawyers and Fox News

February 5, 2021 by Tom Ramstack
FILE - Rudy Giuliani, a personal attorney for President Donald Trump, talks with reporters outside the White House, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Washington. A voting technology company is suing Fox News, three of its top hosts, Giuliani and Sidney Powell for $2.7 billion, charging that the defendants conspired to spread false claims that the company helped steal the U.S. presidential election away from former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Electronic voting systems operator Smartmatic is suing two of former President Donald Trump’s attorneys and Fox News cable network, claiming they defamed the company by accusing it of rigging the 2020 presidential election in favor of Joe Biden.

The lawsuit filed in New York state court Thursday claims $2.7 billion in damages. It also names former New York mayor and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and former Trump campaign attorney Sidney Powell as defendants.

The lawsuit accuses them of fabricating a story that the election was stolen from Trump with Smartmatic’s assistance.

“The Earth is round,” Smartmatic says in the lawsuit. “Two plus two equals four. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the 2020 election for president and vice president of the United States.”

The Florida-based company says the defendants focused their fraud conspiracy on Smartmatic because “they needed a villain” to explain why the vote count showed Trump lost the election.

They blame false allegations against the company for contributing to the Jan. 6 riot and invasion of the U.S. Capitol.

Smartmatic installed equipment and software only in Los Angeles County for the election, according to the lawsuit.

Giuliani and Powell told a different story on Fox News, which was repeated by television hosts Lou Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro. They said Smartmatic was a Venezuelan company controlled by socialist dictators, the company said.

Smartmatic’s founders were born in Venezuela but the company was organized in the United States after the contested 2000 election with a goal of developing secure voting technology. It has operated voting systems in 25 countries. Its headquarters is in London.

It has sold its systems in Venezuela for previous elections but no longer operates there.

The Trump attorneys said Smartmatic’s technology transmitted votes to foreign countries, where the software was hacked and the votes manipulated before being sent back to state election officials.

They also said the Smartmatic systems were used in states with close vote counts between Trump and Biden, implying that tampering changed the results in Biden’s favor.

“Defendants’ story was a lie,” Smartmatic said in its lawsuit. “All of it. And they knew it. But it was a story that sold.”

They told the alleged “lie” because they wanted to help Trump lay the groundwork to overturn the election, the lawsuit says.

“Without any true villain, defendants invented one,” Smartmatic says. “Defendants decided to make Smartmatic the villain in their story.”

As a result of the news stories, Smartmatic says its employees received hate mail and death threats. Its customers and potential customers were afraid to deal with the company.

Smartmatic says its professional reputation was seriously damaged.

Meanwhile, Fox News used the story to help improve its market ratings, the lawsuit says. The publicity also gave Giuliani and Powell opportunities to get more money from fundraisers and Trump supporters, the lawsuit says.

At the same time, the stories eroded viewers’ confidence in American democracy and “turned neighbor against neighbor,” the company said.

“The story led a mob to attack the U.S. Capitol,” Smartmatic’s lawsuit says.

A Fox News Media spokesperson said in a statement that its reports mentioning Smartmatic reflected professional standards.

“Fox News Media is committed to providing the full context of every story with in-depth reporting and clear opinion,” the statement says. “We are proud of our 2020 election coverage and will vigorously defend this meritless lawsuit in court.”

As the reports were broadcast last fall, Smartmatic sent Fox News a demand for a retraction. The network responded with a segment in which an election expert said Smartmatic had done nothing wrong.

In its lawsuit, Smartmatic said quoting the election expert was too late and inadequate as a retraction.

The lawsuit is filed as Smartmatic USA Corp. et al. v. Fox Corp. et al. in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York.

Litigation

Stephen Miller’s New Legal Group to Challenge Biden Policies With Lawsuits
Political News
Stephen Miller’s New Legal Group to Challenge Biden Policies With Lawsuits

WASHINGTON - He’s baaack. Stephen Miller, that is.  Former President Donald Trump’s senior White House advisor and the architect behind that administration’s hard line immigration policies, is launching a new organization this week, America First Legal. And, though the 35-year-old political operative is not a lawyer,... Read More

Fox News Slapped With $1.6 Billion Lawsuit Over 2020 Election Claims
Litigation
Fox News Slapped With $1.6 Billion Lawsuit Over 2020 Election Claims
March 26, 2021
by Dan McCue

Dominion Voting Systems on Friday filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, arguing the cable news company sought to boost faltering ratings by falsely claiming the voting machine company had rigged the 2020 election.  The company, which is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and Denver,... Read More

Wyoming Sues Administration Over Oil and Gas Leasing Ban
In The States
Wyoming Sues Administration Over Oil and Gas Leasing Ban
March 24, 2021
by TWN Staff

CHEYENNE, Wyo. –  The state of Wyoming sued the Biden administration Wednesday challenging what state lawmakers describe as a "de-facto moratorium on oil and gas leasing" on federal land. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Wyoming, asserts Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s implementation of the... Read More

Swalwell Sues Trump, Others Over Capitol Hill Riot
Litigation
Swalwell Sues Trump, Others Over Capitol Hill Riot
March 5, 2021
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., a House manager in Donald Trump’s last impeachment trial,, filed a civil lawsuit on Friday against the former president and others whose words and actions, he claims, led directly to January’s riot at the U.S. Capitol. The lawsuit which was... Read More

British Court Ruling Against Oil Company Could Expand Liability for Foreign Accidents
Energy
British Court Ruling Against Oil Company Could Expand Liability for Foreign Accidents
February 19, 2021
by Tom Ramstack

A ruling by Britain's top court last week that said Royal Dutch Shell oil company could be liable in English courts for pollution by its subsidiary in Nigeria, is likely to expand the company’s potential liability abroad. The court’s decision also creates a likelihood of liability... Read More

Riot Lawsuit Just Part of Trump's Post-Impeachment Problems
Law
Riot Lawsuit Just Part of Trump's Post-Impeachment Problems

NEW YORK (AP) — Acquitted by the Senate of inciting last month's U.S. Capitol insurrection, former President Donald Trump faces more fallout from the unrest, including a lawsuit from a congressman Tuesday. But his biggest legal problems might be the ones that go much further back.... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top