NYC, Oregon Pension Funds Named Lead Plaintiffs in Fox Lawsuit



A Delaware Chancery Court has appointed pension funds from New York City and from Oregon as the lead plaintiffs in a shareholder lawsuit that alleges Fox Corp. breached its fiduciary duty by exposing itself to defamation lawsuits during its coverage of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

In September 2023, New York City’s five public pension funds, as well as the Oregon Investment Council and the Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund, filed shareholder derivative lawsuits against Fox for breach of fiduciary duty. The lawsuits allege Fox’s board of directors knew that Fox News was promoting former President Donald Trump’s false claims that he was the true winner of the 2020 election without regard for whether the assertions were true and thus created significant exposure to defamation charges.

In April, Fox settled a $787 million defamation lawsuit brought by the voting machine company Dominion Voting Systems after Fox broadcasters falsely alleged Dominion was involved in altering results during the 2020 presidential election. Fox also faces a $2.7 billion lawsuit from voting machine company Smartmatic USA Corp.

Author(s): Michael Katz

Publication Date: 9 Jan 2024

Publication Site: ai-CIO