Dominion Voting Systems filed a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against Rudy Giuliani, former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, on Monday for statements he made about the voting machine company while leading Trump’s post-election offensive against vote fraud.
The lawsuit alleges that Giuliani engaged in a “viral disinformation campaign” by accusing the company of committing voter fraud and election fixing.
“For Dominion — whose business is producing and providing voting systems for elections — there are no accusations that could do more to damage Dominion’s business or to impugn Dominion’s integrity, ethics, honesty, and financial integrity,” the suit reads.
Even after independent audits and hand recounts seemed to disprove Giuliani’s claims, he continued to insist that Dominion was at fault, the company claimed.
He did not, however, make these same claims before circuit court and federal judges, the lawsuit notes.
“Notably, although Dominion machines were used in Pennsylvania in the 2020 election, the Trump Campaign’s complaint did not include any allegations about Dominion,” the suit states.
Giuliani responded to Dominion’s lawsuit and called it another “act of intimidation by the hate-filled left-wing to wipe out and censor the exercise of free speech, as well as the ability of lawyers to defend their clients vigorously.”
Rudy Giuliani calls the Dominion lawsuit “another act of intimidation by the hate-filled left-wing to wipe out and censor the exercise of free speech” and threatens to countersue. pic.twitter.com/eODVmBNVQO
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) January 25, 2021
The defamation suit against Giuliani is similar to the lawsuit Dominion filed against pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for promoting “a false preconceived narrative” about the 2020 election, which included allegations that Dominion’s voting machines were used to flip millions of votes from Trump to President Joe Biden.
Dominion has also hinted that it might sue Trump and his media allies for defamation.