OHIO — Fox News has agreed to pay Dominion Voting Systems $787 million to settle a defamation lawsuit centering the network’s coverage of the 2020 presidential election.

Dominion alleged that Fox News deliberately spread misinformation about its voting equipment.

What You Need To Know

  • Fox News and Dominion Voting Systems reached a blockbuster settlement in a defamation lawsuit brought by Dominion against the network

  • Dominion is a voting machine company which alleged that Fox News intentionally promoted lies about the 2020 presidential election

  • Legal experts said media defamation cases are difficult to win, as "actual malice" must be proven

Spectrum News spoke with Andrew Geronimo, an attorney and director of the First Amendment Clinic at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He discussed aspects of the lawsuit, and the risks Fox News may have considered in its decision to settle. 

"I would think that they wanted to avoid a potentially larger jury verdict than the settlement amount," said Geronimo. "That's likely because of the mass of evidence of internal Fox communications that Dominion put on in their briefing, showing that Fox doubted some of the conspiracy theories that were airing on its network."

Click on the video box above for the full interview.