A company’s reputation has a significant influence over how well the business thrives. When outside parties spread false information about a company, it is possible for that business to suffer damages. As a result, a business lawsuit for defamation and other claims could proceed in efforts to seek compensation or other restitution for the difficulties caused.
Minnesota residents may be interested in a lawsuit filed by Smartmatic, a voting technology company, against Fox News and other related parties. The lawsuit stems from information broadcasted by Fox News during the 2020 election that falsely claimed that Smartmatic’s voting technology was faulty and that the systems contributed to voter fraud. Smartmatic asserts that this misinformation misled the public and caused significant damage to the company.
Details of the lawsuit
As part of the lawsuit, Smartmatic is pursuing $2.7 billion in damages as the company believes the intentional spreading of false information has put its future in jeopardy. Additionally, the suit names multiple Fox News hosts as well as Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, attorneys who also spread claims of a rigged election and faulty voting systems. A representative for Fox News stated that the company intends to defend against the “meritless” lawsuit and that the network is proud of its coverage of the 2020 election.
Taking action against defamation
Defamation can have damaging effects on companies of all sizes. If Minnesota business owners believe that the spread of false information has damaged their company’s reputation, put their operations at risk or caused other harm, they may want to consider taking legal action of their own. An evaluation of the details by legal professionals may help business owners determine their best courses of action.