OAN Loses Bid To Dismiss Smartmatic Defamation Suit

Business Insider reports:

A federal judge on Tuesday gave a green light to Smartmatic’s defamation lawsuit against One America News, a right-wing media organization it alleges pushed conspiracy theories about the election technology company’s role in the 2020 presidential election.

Herring Networks, which operates OAN, asked US District Judge Carl J. Nichols to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing he didn’t have jurisdiction over the case because the company is headquartered in California.

In a terse, 11-page opinion, Nichols said that isn’t how the law works. OAN operates a studio in Washington, DC, and broadcasts throughout the district, giving the DC court jurisdiction, Nichols wrote.

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Photo: OAN founder and CEO Robert Herring.