Aug 11, 2023 - Economy

Top Fox legal executive departs after $787 million Dominion settlement

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Fox Corp. on Friday said that its longtime chief legal and policy officer Viet Dinh would depart, months after Fox News lost a historic defamation suit to Dominion Voting Systems.

Why it matters: Reports suggest that Dinh pushed Fox Corp. to pursue a trial instead of settling sooner, a decision that ultimately cost the company $787 million in settlement claims and tens of millions more in legal costs.

Details: In a statement, Fox Corp. said Dinh will step down from his position and become a special advisor to the company effective Dec. 31.

  • Dinh said: "I look forward to continuing with FOX as Special Advisor, and to returning to my roots of working on multiple ventures and with many clients across a variety of disciplines."
  • Fox Corp. executive chair and chief executive Lachlan Murdoch said the company appreciated Dinh's service to the company and that the Fox "will benefit from his counsel" as a special advisor.

Between the lines: Fox Corp. has let go of a few key personnel in the months following the Dominion settlement, including senior vice president Raj Shah and Fox News' star primetime anchor Tucker Carlson.

The big picture: Dinh joined Fox Corp. in 2018, and has led all legal and compliance matters, as well as regulatory and government affairs.

What to watch: Fox News faces several other defamation lawsuits related to airing 2020 election lies — most notably, a $2.7 billion case brought by election technology company Smartmatic.

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