WASHINGTON– Dominion Voting Systems, an election equipment manufacturer that became the target of wild conspiracies pressed by previous President Donald Trump and his allies, took legal action against Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani for defamation on Monday.
Rule stated in a 107- page complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that “as a result of the defamatory falsehoods peddled by Giuliani” in conjunction with other Trump allies and pro-Trump media outlets, “Rule’s founder and staff members have been harassed and gotten death dangers, and Dominion has suffered unprecedented and irreparable harm.”
” Dominion brings this action to set the record directly, to vindicate the company’s rights under civil law, to recover offsetting and compensatory damages, and to defend itself, its employees, and the electoral procedure,” the lawsuit says.
The company implicates Giuliani, who helped fuel Trump’s lie about a taken election, of making incorrect and defamatory declarations about Rule on his Twitter account, on his radio and podcast programs, in televised media appearances and at the rally that Trump held prior to his supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.
Rule is looking for more than $1.3 billion in damages, according to the complaint, which was first reported by The New York Times. The business likewise stated it is requiring a trial by jury on all claims.
Rule said Giuliani and his allies produced and spread what it calls the “huge lie,” in which it “tricked millions into thinking that Rule had actually taken their votes and repaired the election.”
The match states Giuliani, in addition to demanding a reported $20,000 a day to represent Trump, “moneyed in” on the conspiracy by hosting a podcast where he promoted supplements, gold coins, cigars and security from “cyberthieves.”
The complaint lays out proof of Giuliani’s incorrect claims about how Dominion apparently “repaired” the election, which resulted in Trump’s defeat and Joe Biden’s victory. It consists of screenshots from Giuliani’s TV looks on Fox News and Fox Company and his tweets that spread out conspiracy theories about the election. Dominion also presented how Giuliani’s lies affected his followers.
It revealed, for instance, screenshots of Giuliani speaking on his podcast from Christmas Day about Rule, with one audience commenting, “All these individuals included with the scams need to be executed for treason.”
Rule CEO John Poulos said in a statement, “Not only have these lies damaged the reputation of my company, however they also undermined rely on American democratic institutions, hushing the amazing work of elections officials and workers, who made sure a transparent and safe election. The countless hand states and audits that showed machines counted accurately continue to be eclipsed by disinformation.
” Giuliani continues to make demonstrably false claims, and we intend to hold him, and others who spread disinformation, to account,” Poulos stated.
Giuliani stated in a declaration Monday that the suit will enable him “to investigate their history, finances, and practices completely and completely.”
” The quantity being requested for is, quite clearly, planned to terrify people of faint heart. It is another act of intimidation by the hate-filled left wing to eliminate and censor the exercise of free speech, along with the ability of lawyers to safeguard their customers intensely,” he stated. “As such, we will investigate a countersuit against them for violating these humans rights.”
The suit comes after Dominion sued legal representative Sidney Powell, who pressed Trump’s efforts to overturn election results, for character assassination previously this month. In that lawsuit, Rule also stated it was asking for damages of more than $1.3 billion, saying it has actually spent millions on security for its workers and on troubleshooting to its track record and threats losing future company.
In a Zoom press conference Monday, Tom Clare, an attorney representing Dominion, stated the business was working on additional libel matches connected to misinformation stemming from the 2020 election, and recommended the business might still act against the former president.
” We have actually not ruled anyone out,” he said in action to a question about Trump.
Dominion is among the nation’s largest election equipment suppliers, and its items were used in 28 states in the 2020 election. The business was recently contracted to replace the bulk of voting makers in Georgia, where Biden won in a disturbed against Trump. Trump became particularly irritated by that loss, spreading misinformation about voting in Georgia and asking the state’s head election official to overturn the outcomes.
While cybersecurity scientists have actually discovered some defects in election devices in recent years, the world’s leading election security professionals have actually signed an open letter that there was no proof of computer system scams impacting the 2020 election.
” We know worrying assertions being made that the 2020 election was ‘rigged’ by exploiting technical vulnerabilities,” they wrote. “Nevertheless, in every case of which we are aware, these claims either have been unverified or are technically incoherent.”