Dominion wins fight to have defamation case against Fox Corp heard by jury: reports
Maria Bartiromo, Rupoert Murdoch ((Fox News screenshot, Murdoch photom via AFP)

Voting tech giant Dominion has won in its fight to have a jury consider its defamation suit against Fox News, according to reports.

Reuters reported Friday that a judge ruled that a Delaware jury will consider if Fox Corp defamed Dominion Voting Systems with false claims of mass voter fraud aired by Fox News after the 2020 election -- a setback to the network, which had sought to avoid a trial in the $1.6 billion lawsuit.

"Delaware Superior Court Judge Eric Davis denied motions from Fox and partially granted Dominion motions to resolve the issue of defamation liability in each side's favor - summary judgment - ahead of the scheduled April 17 trial date. The ruling puts the high-profile case in the hands of a jury," Reuters' report stated.

“This case is and always has been about the First Amendment protections of the media’s absolute right to cover the news," a Fox spokesperson said in a statement.

"Fox will continue to fiercely advocate for the rights of free speech and a free press as we move into the next phase of these proceedings.”