A Manhattan judge this Tuesday ruled that Fox News must start handing over files to the voting tech company Smartmatic as part of its multibillion-dollar lawsuit against the network, Law&Crime reports.
Over a year ago, Smartmatic filed a $2.7 billion complaint against Fox News and its current and former personalities, including Maria Bartiromo, Jeanine Pirro, Lou Dobbs; and former President Donald Trump’s lawyers Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, accusing them of defaming the company by falsely suggesting it partook in a voter fraud scheme intended to steal the 2020 election from Donald Trump.
Inside a small civil courtroom in lower Manhattan, Smartmatic’s lawyer Edward C. Wipper complained that Fox News has dragged its feet in sharing documents that it will need for a trial.
“It’s about delay,” Wipper thundered. “This is the strategy here.”
Later in the hearing, Wipper warned that Fox’s schedule would allow two election cycles to pass before resolution.
“We’re going to be barrelling into another election cycle where my client’s name is going to be besmirched,” Wipper said.
Read the full report over at Law&Crime.