Shareholder Sues Murdochs, Fox Directors, Argues Election Coverage Damaged Company

A Fox Corp shareholder has sued Fox Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch, CEO Lachlan Murdoch and three other board directors, asserting that they breached their fiduciary responsibilities by allowing Fox News to broadcast conspiracy theories about the 2020 election.

The other board directors named in the action are Chase Carey, Roland Hernandez and Jacques Nasser. 

Plaintiff Robert Schwarz’s lawsuit, filed in Delaware on Tuesday, contends that shareholders have been harmed because “The Board’s decision to chase viewers by promoting false stolen election claims has exposed the Company to public ridicule and negatively impacted the credibility of Fox News as a media organization that is supposed to accurately report newsworthy events. The Company is now the subject of two defamation cases, with combined damages claimed to exceed $4 billion.”



Fox “knew — from the Board on down — that Fox News was reporting false and dangerous misinformation about the 2020 Presidential election,” but “was more concerned about short-term ratings and market share than the long-term damages of its failure to tell the truth,” the derivative action filing charges, based on internal Fox Corp/Fox News communications, depositions and other evidence released as part of Dominion Voting Systems’ $1.6-billion defamation suit against Fox, set to go to trial next Monday.

The action, Schwarz v. Murdoch et al, filed in Delaware Chancery Court, seeks damages for the company from the named board directors and unspecified corporate governance reforms.

Digital News Daily has reached out to Fox representatives for comment, and will update this story accordingly.

1 comment about "Shareholder Sues Murdochs, Fox Directors, Argues Election Coverage Damaged Company".
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  1. Craig Lesly from Lesly Consulting, April 13, 2023 at 1:34 p.m.

    This is just the essence of "democracy: Tell people what they want to hear.  It's elitist to tell them what they should hear.

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