Today, legal representatives for Dominion Voting Systems filed defamation complaints against Newsmax Media Inc. in the Superior Court of Delaware, and against Herring Networks Inc. — owner of One America News (OAN) Network — and Patrick Byrne in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Also named in the complaint against One American News Network are Herring Networks owners Robert Herring and Charles Herring, as well as One America News Network personalities Chanel Rion and Christina Bobb.
From Dominion CEO John Poulos:
"The defendants in today's filings recklessly disregarded the truth when they spread lies in November and continue to do so today. We are filing these three cases today because the defendants named show no remorse, nor any sign they intend to stop spreading disinformation. 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."
From Dominion legal counsel Stephen Shackelford, Partner at Susman Godfrey LLP:
"As detailed in our complaints, OAN, Newsmax, and Patrick Byrne have knowingly and continuously sold the false story of election fraud in the 2020 presidential election, with Dominion cast as the villain, severely injuring Dominion in the process. Newsmax and OAN both endorsed, repeated, broadcast, and amplified a series of verifiably false lies about Dominion to serve their own commercial purposes. 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."
The filings can be found here.
Throughout this time, OAN recklessly disregarded the truth; indeed, OAN knew the statements it repeatedly broadcast about Dominion were lies, as former OAN producer Marty Golingan confirmed to the New York Times. Specifically, OAN knew the vote tallies from Dominion machines had been confirmed by numerous independent audits and hand recounts of paper ballots following the election. OAN also knew the lies it was promoting and endorsing about Dominion had been debunked by an increasingly long list of bipartisan election officials, election security experts, judges, then-Attorney General William Barr, then-Director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Chris Krebs, Election Assistance Commissioner Ben Hovland, Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, Republican Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, and Republican former Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, to name several. OAN also knew or recklessly disregarded that there was no evidence whatsoever to support its claims that Dominion was created in Venezuela by Hugo Chavez for the purpose of rigging elections.