Opinion | Dominion’s CEO: Why We Settled the Fox Information Lawsuit

Vindication. Disgrace. Triumph. Tragedy. Give up. These are a number of of the characterizations I’ve heard following our current settlement with Fox Information in our historic defamation case in opposition to the community for its lies about Dominion Voting Techniques and the 2020 election.

The general public has sophisticated emotions about our choice to finish this trial earlier than it ever started, and that’s OK. It’s bittersweet for us, too.

We’ve seen the havoc that lies create for societies, democracies, companies and households. Over the previous two and a half years, I’ve watched it firsthand. My prospects, staff, household and buddies face harassment, discrimination and threats to today.

However for us at Dominion, after we mirror on the case and its end result, we take into consideration our at first purpose: accountability.

On Tuesday, after we proudly walked into the Delaware Superior Courtroom, we had been going to trial. We knew our case was extremely robust, and I nonetheless consider that on the finish of the six-week trial, the jury probably would have agreed.

We had reviewed greater than one million inner Fox paperwork and deposed dozens of individuals, and Fox’s authorized group had reviewed greater than one million of ours. Then, in a abstract judgment ruling on March 31, the courtroom allowed the case to proceed and dismantled lots of Fox’s authorized defenses, ruling its claims about Dominion had been clearly false and it couldn’t search refuge in arguments in regards to the lies’ newsworthiness.

At trial, we weren’t anticipating any extra stunning revelations — we frankly didn’t want any extra. From the earliest days of discovery, we knew our staff, our prospects and the American public wanted to see what we had discovered, and that’s precisely what we offered in our pretrial filings and reveals.

With that purpose now met, we had been targeted on our obligations to our individuals — lots of whom had been set to testify, after they would recount trauma attributable to the threats, violence and hate surfaced by lies about Dominion. I’d already seen a few of them endure emotionally throughout their depositions, and I nervous deeply {that a} trial and related media consideration would trigger solely extra lasting ache.

The settlement we negotiated completed two essential objectives: permitting our staff and prospects to maneuver ahead, and hitting Fox the place it harm most — its checking account.

What was lacking was an apology, so I personally drafted one for it that I assumed can be acceptable to incorporate. After I learn it to my enterprise associate, he requested what I considered mandating Fox subject an apology that might be compelled, insincere and restricted. At that second, I threw my draft within the rubbish.

An hour later, when the Fox board accredited the wire fee for $787.5 million — one of many largest identified defamation settlements in historical past — Fox acknowledged what we would have liked it to acknowledge: spreading false claims comes with an enormous price ticket.

Even so, nothing can ever absolutely compensate for what occurred. The stain on my firm’s fame and our staff’ and prospects’ emotional scars can solely fade. They gained’t ever vanish.

If we may, we might commerce all of it in a heartbeat to return in time to get our fame again. However I take solace in the truth that the general public has seen the big mountain of proof proving what Fox did, and Fox paid dearly for it.

Our settlement with Fox is only one win on an extended highway. Now we have six extra defamation circumstances pending: in opposition to Mike Lindell and his firm, MyPillow; Rudy Giuliani; Sidney Powell; Patrick Byrne; One America Information Community; and Newsmax. We is not going to cease till we maintain all events to full account.

By the best way, it’s by no means too late for an apology. And if sooner or later it comes of Fox’s personal volition, we are going to comprehend it was actual.