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Smartmatic and OAN settle defamation lawsuit

Election technology company Smartmatic settled Tuesday in its defamation lawsuit against One America News Network, a far-right broadcaster, for amplifying election falsehoods about the 2020 presidential election.

The terms of the agreement were confidential and could not be immediately known.

Smartmatic filed the lawsuit in 2021, accusing OAN of amplifying baseless claims that Smartmatic had been involved in manipulating the presidential election through its voting machines.

Smartmatic’s attorneys on Tuesday filed a request in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to dismiss the case with prejudice, meaning it cannot be retried.

Lawyers for Smartmatic and OAN did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Smartmatic also sued Fox News and Newsmax for defamation over their coverage of election conspiracy theories. Those cases are ongoing.

The Smartmatic deal comes a year after Fox News agreed to pay $787.5 million to Dominion Voting Systems, another election technology company, to settle its defamation lawsuit over its broadcast of similar conspiracy theories surrounding the 2020 elections.

Dominion has also sued OAN. That litigation remains ongoing and a trial date has not yet been set.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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