Voting machine company Dominion files $1.3B defamation lawsuit against Rudy Giuliani
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Dominion Voting Systems has filed a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against lawyer Rudy Giuliani over his statements about the company’s voting machines.
Giuliani is the second lawyer to be sued by Dominion, report the Washington Post, the National Law Journal and the New York Times. The first, Sidney Powell, is also facing a $1.3 billion defamation suit.
Both lawyers had claimed that Dominion voting machines switched votes from Donald Trump to Joe Biden.
False claims about stolen votes “foreseeably went viral and deceived millions of people into believing that Dominion had stolen their votes and fixed the election,” says the new suit, filed Monday in federal court in Washington, D.C.
The suit says Giuliani made false statements that Dominion uses software from a company with ties to former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez that has “tried and true methods for fixing elections.”
In reality, the suit says, Dominion was founded in a basement in Toronto in 2002 to help people with disabilities vote on verifiable paper ballots. Dominion has no ties to the other company, which is a competitor, and its systems have been certified after independent testing.
The suit says Giuliani profited from falsehoods through legal fees and his podcast. The lawsuit cited a report that Giuliani had sought legal fees of $20,000 per day from the Trump campaign. The suit also claims that Giuliani exploits election falsehoods on his podcast “to market gold coins, supplements, cigars and protection from ‘cyberthieves.’ ”
The suit points out that Giuliani did not make claims about Dominion in court, where he could face repercussions for falsehoods.
Giuliani told the Washington Post in a text message that he hadn’t seen the suit, but it will give him a chance to prove his allegations about Dominion.
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