Vermont Law School President Rod Smolla was one of three lawyers who argued on behalf of Dominion Voting Systems in its defamation lawsuit against Fox News. The case was settled for nearly $800 million, a major victory for Dominion and a setback for Fox News.
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Smolla is a nationally recognized expert in defamation law and First Amendment issues. He has written extensively on these topics and has argued cases before the Supreme Court. In his arguments on behalf of Dominion, Smolla pointed out that Fox News had repeatedly aired false and defamatory claims about the company, including that it had rigged the 2020 election. He argued that these claims had damaged Dominion's reputation and caused it to lose business.
The settlement is a significant victory for Dominion, which was facing a long and expensive trial. It is also a victory for the First Amendment, as it sends a message that the media cannot be allowed to air false and defamatory claims without consequences.
Smolla said that he is proud of the work that he and his colleagues did on behalf of Dominion. He said that the case was "the most meaningful" that he has ever been a part of. He also said that the settlement is a reminder of the importance of the First Amendment, and that it is essential that the media be held accountable for the information that they disseminate.
Smolla is a graduate of Harvard Law School and served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. He is also a Fellow of the American Bar Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Smolla is a nationally recognized expert in First Amendment law, defamation law, and media law. He has written extensively on these topics and has argued cases before the Supreme Court. He is a frequent commentator on legal issues in the media and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs.
Smolla is a passionate advocate for the First Amendment and the rule of law. He is a valuable asset to Vermont Law School and to the legal community as a whole.