Right-wing media outlets Newsmax and OANN are being sued for $1.6 billion each by Dominion Voting Systems in defamation lawsuits. The company is claiming the media organizations intentionally spread disinformation for profit. 

Both organizations have falsely claimed Donald Trump was the real winner of the 2020 Presidential Election, and that it was stolen from him. Each lawsuit is over 100 pages long and details all of the false information the two networks spread concerning the election.

“Newsmax helped create and cultivate an alternative reality where up is down, pigs have wings, and Dominion engaged in colossal fraud to steal the Presidency from Donald Trump by rigging the vote,” Dominion’s lawyers said.

State and federal officials have repeatedly stated the election was safe and secure and that there were no discrepancies that could have swayed the election. More than 50 lawsuits have been thrown out of court to do the Trump campaign’s inability to prove voter fraud they claim swung the election Joe Biden’s way. However many Trump supporters’ minds have been unchanged by the failed lawsuits and still believe Trump is the rightful winner. 

Newsmax said it “simply reported on allegations made by well-known public figures” and Dominion’s lawsuit is “a clear attempt to squelch such reporting and undermine a free press.” 

“This barrage of lies by the defendants and others have caused severe damage to our company, customers, and employees,” said CEO John Poulos in an email.

According to 2019 data from ProPublica, Dominion controls about 30% of the U.S. market.

Dominion has identified more than 150 people who could be targeted in future lawsuits including pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood, Fox News anchors, and Melisa Carone, who Guliani appointed as a witness to prove voter fraud.