Dominion Voting Systems has filed a $1.6-billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, alleging that the cable news giant tried to shore up its flagging ratings by falsely claiming that Dominion had rigged the 2020 election.

It’s the first defamation suit filed against a media outlet by the voting company, which was the target of misleading claims spread by former President Trump and his allies in the aftermath of Trump’s election loss to President Biden. Those claims helped spur rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, which left five people dead and led to Trump’s historic second impeachment.

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