An investigation on behalf of investors in Fox Corporation (NASDAQ:FOX) shares over potential wrongdoing at Fox Corporation was announced.
San Diego, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/02/2023 -- An investigation was announced over potential breaches of fiduciary duties by certain officers and directors at Fox Corporation.
Investors who purchased shares of Fox Corporation (NASDAQ: FOX) have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1(858) 779 - 1554.
The investigation by a law firm concerns whether certain Fox Corporation directors breached their fiduciary duties in connection with comments made against Smartmatic and Dominion Voting Systems alleging the companies rigged the 2020 presidential election.
In November and December of 2020, Fox News broadcasted reports stating that the U.S. election was rigged. Fox News specifically called out Smartmatic and Dominion Voting Systems, voting technology and software companies, for their alleged involvement in rigging the election.
Both companies have sued Fox Corporation for defamation and other claims based on defendants' actions. The judges in both cases have upheld the lawsuits by overruling defendants' motions to dismiss, finding that Smartmatic and Dominion sufficiently pleaded facts to support their claims of defamation.
In ruling in favor of Dominion, Delaware Superior Court Judge Eric M. Davis found Dominion had shown that the Murdochs, Fox Corporation's most senior executives, may have been on notice that the conspiracy theory that rigged voting machines tilted the vote was false but let Fox News broadcast it anyway. Dominion cited in its suit a report that Rupert Murdoch spoke with Trump a few days after the election "and informed him that he had lost," the judge noted.
"These allegations support a reasonable inference that Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch either knew Dominion had not manipulated the election or at least recklessly disregarded the truth when they allegedly caused Fox News to propagate its claims about Dominion," said Davis.
On February 14, 2023, a five-judge Appellate Division panel for the First Department affirmed the denial of motions to dismiss by Fox News, Maria Bartiromo and Lou Dobbs in the case involving Smartmatic. The panel also reinstated two previously dismissed claims against Rudy Giuliani, who allegedly made defamatory statements while a guest on various shows, and ruled that host Jeanine Pirro was erroneously cut loose from the case.
In its ruling, the panel stated: "The complaint alleges in detailed fashion that in their coverage and commentary, Fox News, Dobbs, and Bartiromo effectively endorsed and participated in the statements with reckless disregard for, or serious doubts about, whether the assertions or implications that plaintiffs had participated in election fraud had any basis in truth or were supported by any reliable evidence."
These lawsuits, which seek billions of dollars, punitive damages and other relief, can deplete Fox's assets, harm Fox's reputation, and prove detrimental to Fox shareholders.
Those who purchased shares of Fox Corporation (NASDAQ: FOX), have certain options and should contact the Shareholders Foundation.
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