Twice the money, twice the fun! Smartmatic has filed its anticipated lawsuit against media outlets and Donald Trump’s lawyers for defamation based on their unsupported conspiracy theories about the 2020 election. On air and in legal briefs, the respondents looped Smartmatic into their tales of Dominion Voting Systems’ supposed corruption, even though the two companies compete against each other and Smartmatic only does business in the US in Los Angeles.
Smartmatic wants $2.7 billion from Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, Fox News, Newsmax, OANN, and various hosts:
A voting technology company is suing Fox News, three of its top hosts and two former lawyers for former President Donald Trump — Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell — for $2.7 billion, charging that the defendants conspired to spread false claims that the company helped “steal” the U.S. presidential election.
The 284-page complaint filed Thursday in New York state court by Florida-based Smartmatic USA is one of the largest libel suits ever undertaken. On Jan. 25, a rival election-technology company — Dominion Voting Systems, which was also ensnared in Trump’s baseless effort to overturn the election — sued Guiliani and Powell for $1.3 billion.
Unlike Dominion, whose technology was used in 24 states, Smartmatic’s participation in the 2020 election was restricted to Los Angeles County, which votes heavily Democratic.