Judge Delays Fox and Dominion Trial by a Day

A Delaware judge on Monday said that he had delayed by a day the start of a highly anticipated $1.6 billion defamation trial over the spread of misinformation in the 2020 presidential election.

The postponement of the trial was the latest twist in the case. Late Sunday, Judge Eric M. Davis said the proceedings would continue on Tuesday. He did not give a reason then or in his brief remarks from the bench just after 9 a.m. on Monday.

“This does not seem unusual to me,” Judge Davis said, explaining that he had rarely been part of a trial that did not have some kind of delay. “I am continuing the matter until tomorrow.”

It is not uncommon for adversaries in a trial with such significant damages at stake to seek last-minute settlement talks.

However, three people directly involved in the case said that they did not expect the parties to settle. Lawyers for Dominion were filing requests with the court on Monday morning, an indication they expected the case to go to trial on…

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This article was written by Jeremy W. Peters and Katie Robertson and originally published on www.nytimes.com