Fox News Corporation has added a new attorney to their legal team as they fight off a suit by Dominion Voting Systems for defamation after they were accused of false claims about voter fraud following the 2020 presidential election.
According to a report by The Hill, the network hired Dan Webb, who is a veteran defense attorney and a high-profile lawyer, as part of the team to request that the Dominion case be dismissed.
Former US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Webb served as the special prosecutor looking into the 1980s Iran-Contra crisis. More recently, he was chosen to act as special counsel looking into how Chicago authorities handled the Jussie Smollett case.
Webb’s “vast experience in trial litigation will add depth to our legal team, ensuring the protection of the First Amendment and the fundamental right to a free press remain intact,” Fox said in a statement to The Hill on Wednesday.
Late last month, a Delaware judge rejected a motion from Fox Corp. to throw out the case, ruling that Dominion had made enough evidence that Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch, who own and run Fox News’ parent company, may have been aware that unfounded allegations of voter fraud were broadcast on the network.
In a court filing, Dominion made the case that the Murdochs “decided to promote former President Trump’s narrative after Trump’s condemnation of Fox damaged its stock and viewership.”
According to Fox’s legal team, many of the untrue allegations of voting fraud that the network broadcast were made by guests on the network, hence the action should be dismissed on First Amendment grounds.
“Limiting the ability of the press to report freely on the American election process stands in stark contrast to the liberties on which this nation was founded,” Fox said in a statement on Wednesday, adding it was “confident we will prevail in this case as the First Amendment is the foundation of our democracy and freedom of the press must be protected.”
A different provider of voting equipment, Smartmatic, has also filed a lawsuit against Fox on allegations of voter fraud. In response to allegations made on those networks against the companies and their software, Dominion and Smartmatic both filed lawsuits against other smaller cable news networks, including One America News and Newsmax.