The settlement was reached after a jury had already been selected for trial in Delaware Superior Court, avoiding the possibility of top Fox TV hosts and network head Rupert Murdoch having to testify publicly.
Judge Eric Davis informed jurors that the case had been resolved shortly before 4 pm ET, stating that "Without you, the parties would not have been able to resolve their situation ... although it’s short, not the six weeks you’ve expected, you have done your duty."
Dominion, a company that sells voting machines and election software, had alleged that Fox News and its sister network Fox Business falsely blamed them for the loss of former President Donald Trump to President Joe Biden by airing claims about the company.
“The truth matters. Lies have consequences,” Dominion's lawyer Justin Nelson said.
Lawyers for Fox declined to comment as they left the courtroom, though the network would release a statement afterward: "We are pleased to have reached a settlement of our dispute with Dominion Voting Systems. We acknowledge the Court's rulings finding certain claims about Dominion to be false. This settlement reflects FOX's continued commitment to the highest journalistic standards. We are hopeful that our decision to resolve this dispute with Dominion amicably, instead of the acrimony of a divisive trial, allows the country to move forward from these issues."
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