In a second defamation suit, Dominion Voting Systems filed a complaint against lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Monday for his statements concerning Dominion’s voting machines during the 2020 election.
If this sounds familiar, it is because earlier this month, Dominion filed a similar defamation lawsuit against lawyer Sidney Powell.
The suits accuse both lawyers of spreading the false narrative that Dominion fixed the 2020 US election. Among other alleged inflammatory statements, the lawsuits assert Giuliani and Powell spread misinformation that Dominion rigged Venezuela’s election for Hugo Chávez and used a similar scheme to rig the 2020 US election. In turn, Dominion asserts these false statements directly harmed its credibility and its business.
The Giuliani suit alleges specifically that beyond the legal fees he is owed by the Trump campaign, Giuliani profited from his proliferation of false narratives against Dominion by marketing “gold coins, supplements, cigars and protection from ‘cyberthieves.’” The suit asserts that within days of Giuliani’s public statements disparaging Dominion, including a tweet in which he claimed Dominion was a “front for Smartmatic,” a Venezuelan company formed to “fix elections,” he promoted a $596 “cyberthief” protection service to his podcast listeners.
The lawsuits state that Dominion was actually created in Toronto “for the purpose of creating a fully auditable paper-based vote system that would empower people with disabilities to vote independently on verifiable paper ballots.”
Dominion is asking for $1.3 billion in the Giuliani lawsuit.
Editor’s Note: Visits to Justia’s page on Eric Coomer’s patents soared.
Voting machine company Dominion files $1.3B defamation lawsuit against Rudy Giuliani, ABA Journal (January 25, 2021)
US DOMINION, INC. et al v. POWELL et al, US District Court for the District of Columbia (Filed January 8, 2021)
Dominion Voting Sues Former Trump Lawyer, Seeking More Than $1.3 Billion in Damages, NPR (January 8, 2021)
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