The Defamation Trial of Fox News Is Delayed

A last-minute push to avert a trial of the century

Monday was to be the start of the biggest defamation trial in recent American history — but opening proceedings in Dominion Voting Systems’ lawsuit against Fox News over on-air remarks about the 2020 election were delayed by a day.

The presiding judge is expected to make an announcement at 9 a.m. Eastern, but several news outlets reported that Fox was seeking an out-of-court settlement. Rupert Murdoch’s media colossus has good reason to do: The trial will air the private exchanges of executives and on-air hosts, among the most influential in television news — and there’s a lot of money on the line.

Fox made an 11th-hour push to reach a deal, according to reports, with both sides expected to meet on Monday to try to negotiate a last-minute truce. The companies had previously participated in mediation talks in December, to no avail.

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This article was written by Andrew Ross Sorkin, Ravi Mattu, Bernhard Warner, Sarah Kessler, Michael J. de la Merced, Lauren Hirsch and Ephrat Livni and originally published on