The trial for Dominion Voting Systems’s $1.6 billion suit against Fox News has been postponed by a day, a Delaware judge announced Sunday night.
“The Court has decided to continue the start of the trial, including jury selection, until Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.,” Judge Eric Davis said. “I will make such an announcement tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. in Courtroom 7E.”
The blockbuster trial, which was set to start on Monday, was delayed amid reporting that the cable news giant made a late push to settle the defamation case.
The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that Fox, which has made attempts at a settlement before, was making a final push to avoid a weeks-long trial that could see its top hosts and leaders, including 92-year-old Rupert Murdoch, take the witness stand.
News that the trial was pushed back sparked speculation on Twitter that last-minute settlement talks are underway. Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin noted: “These kind of delays often happen when civil cases are about to settle.”
The Washington Post reported late Sunday night that the trial was delayed “to allow both parties to hold conversations about the possibility of a settlement.”
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