Fox-Dominion defamation trial delayed on the eve of opening statements

A political impress is posted on the outdoors of the Fox Files headquarters on sixth Avenue in New York July 21, 2020.

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WILMINGTON, Del. — Dominion Balloting Methods’ $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox Files has been delayed on the eve of its scheduled initiating date, an decent for the courtroom talked about Sunday.

The conclusion of the jury probability route of and the initiating of opening statements, which had been put for Monday morning, had been pushed to Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. ET, in accordance with an announcement from Delaware Superior Court docket.

Spokespeople for Fox and Dominion did no longer all of the sudden provide statements when requested for comment after the extend turned into once launched Sunday evening.

Dominion, which sells vote casting machines and election instrument, claimed it turned into once defamed by Fox Corp. and its cable TV networks after Fox aired untrue claims that the company had rigged the 2020 election against dilapidated President Donald Trump.

Fox has argued that Dominion has no longer met the ethical odd for defamation, and that the statements made about Dominion on its air had been protected by the First Amendment.

The Wall Avenue Journal reported earlier Sunday that Fox has made a last-minute push to resolve the lawsuit out of courtroom.

Most defamation conditions resolve out of courtroom. But as lately as Saturday, the probability of Dominion and Fox warding off trial appeared as no longer going as ever. “In the arriving weeks, we are in a position to impress Fox spread lies inflicting mountainous fracture to Dominion. We dwell up for trial,” a Dominion spokesman informed CNBC on Saturday morning.

Focal point on Eric Davis, who’s presiding over the case, talked about in an announcement from the courtroom that he’ll formally stammer the extend from his courtroom on Monday at 9 a.m. ET.

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