New York (CNN Business)Smartmatic, the voting exertion institution that is suing Fox News, immoderate of its hosts and pro-Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell for defamation, is present adding Newsmax and One America News Network to the database of defendants.
Smartmatic's lawyers filed defamation suits against the 2 hard-right TV networks connected Wednesday, the one-year day of Election Day 2020.
"Despite claims to supply viewers with honest, unbiased reporting, these outlets victimized Smartmatic by spreading mendacious accusation astir the institution pursuing past year's election, each successful their efforts to summation viewership and revenue," J. Erik Connolly, 1 of the attorneys representing Smartmatic, said successful a statement.
Smartmatic filed suit against Newsmax Media successful Superior Court of the State of Delaware. The suit charged that Newsmax "published dozens of reports indicating that Smartmatic participated successful a transgression conspiracy to rig and bargain the 2020 U.S. predetermination and that its exertion and bundle were utilized to power votes from erstwhile President Trump to present President Biden."
The suit alleged that Newsmax promoted lies astir the predetermination "as a instrumentality successful its contention against Fox News."
Newsmax's ratings spiked erstwhile Fox identified Joe Biden arsenic the president-elect. Newsmax sought to entreaty to Trump fans by refusing to admit Biden's triumph for weeks -- and, the suit alleged, by defaming Smartmatic.
"What Newsmax said astir Smartmatic was fake but the harm it caused to Smartmatic is real," Wednesday's filing said.
The lawsuit against One America News proprietor Herring Networks was filed successful United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
The suit stated that One America News aired galore segments past wintertime that precocious bogus charges of predetermination fraud.
The archetypal clip it happened could beryllium a mistake. The second, third, 4th and fiftieth times it happened were intentional choices," the lawyers wrote. "OANN had each accidental to bash the close happening aft the 2020 predetermination for President and Vice President of the United States. It could person reported the truth. Instead, OANN chose to bash the incorrect happening each time. It reported a lie.
Smartmatic said successful the lawsuits that some networks are liable for "disinformation campaigns" that harmed Smartmatic and negatively impacted the company's business. This is the aforesaid complaint Smartmatic leveled astatine Fox News successful February erstwhile it filed a defamation suit against the web for $2.7 billion. Fox has sought to get that suit dismissed.
Another voting tech company, Dominion, filed a defamation suit against the 2 networks successful August. (Dominion antecedently sued Fox successful March.)
"While Newsmax has yet to person oregon reappraisal the Smartmatic filing, Newsmax reported accurately connected allegations made by well-known nationalist figures, including the President, his advisors and members of Congress, arsenic good arsenic reporting connected Smartmatic's claims successful its defense," Newsmax said successful a connection to CNN Business Wednesday. "Smartmatic's enactment against Newsmax contiguous is simply a wide effort to squelch the rights of a escaped press."
Representatives for OAN did not respond to CNN Business' petition for comment.
OAN didn't contented a effect erstwhile the Dominion suit was filed, but the web antecedently claimed that it wasn't liable for broadcasting the opinions of others.