Newsmax, headquartered in Boca Raton, sued by voting software company
By: BocaPost.com Staff | The Boca Post (BocaPost.com)
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaPost.com) (Copyright © 2021 The Boca Post) —
On Wednesday, Nov. 3, Smartmatic, a voting software company began two defamation lawsuits against Newsmax and One America News (OAN) – two prominent television news channels.
This suit comes forth as a result of statements made by the channels claiming that Smartmatic software engaged in election-wide vote altering behavior.
After the 2020 US presidential election, reports making these claims were published by the defendants despite verifiable information stating Smartmatic only hosted services in Los Angeles County during the election.
Smartmatic initiated the suits in separate states – the OAN suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, while the Newsmax suit lies in state court in Delaware.
Representative and Smartmatic chief executive Antonio Mugica discusses the effect statements have had on its global infrastructure.
“The damage to Smartmatic from this parallel universe of lies and disinformation has reverberated across the United States and in dozens of countries around the world,” Mugica said. “The global repercussions for our company cannot be overstated.”
While Smartmatic has not mentioned the value of their losses, the company states that they have lost $2 billion in pure value, while damages owed will be determined at trial.
Smartmatic attorney J. Erik Connolly also highlights potentially unethical practices in reporting.
“Despite claims to provide viewers with honest, unbiased reporting, these outlets victimized Smartmatic by spreading false information about the company following last year’s election, all in their efforts to increase viewership and revenue,” Connolly said.
While OAN was unavailable for comments on the subject, a Newsmax representative defends their reporting, claiming reports were accurate in their portrayal and claiming the lawsuit represents a definitive attempt to undermine the rights of the free press.