Fox Corp. announced on Friday that Viet Dinh, the chief legal and policy officer who led the media giant's defense in the Dominion Voting Systems defamation case, will be leaving his position and instead becoming a special advisor to the company starting on December 31.
The Dominion case centered around allegations that Fox News aired false claims suggesting that its technology was used to manipulate the results of the 2020 presidential election in favor of Joe Biden. In the end, Fox settled the case for a record-breaking $787.5 million. The company argued that it was covering newsworthy claims of election fraud.
Dinh took on the role of chief legal and policy officer at Fox in 2018, where he oversaw legal, compliance, regulatory matters, and lobbying efforts. However, he has been associated with the company in various capacities for over twenty years.
In a statement, Dinh expressed his gratitude for his long-standing relationship with Fox and his excitement for his new role as a special advisor. He mentioned his desire to return to working on multiple ventures and collaborating with clients from different disciplines.
Prior to joining Fox, Dinh worked as a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, a prominent law firm that acquired his own firm, Bancroft PLLC, specializing in Supreme Court and high-stakes litigation. He also served as a law professor at Georgetown University for two decades and held the position of U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy from 2001 to 2003.
Fox's A shares have experienced a nearly 14% increase since the beginning of the year, while the S&P 500 has risen by 16% during the same period.
It is important to note that Fox Corp. and parent company News Corp share common ownership.