Giuliani asks court to throw out Dominion's $1.3 billion defamation suit

Source: The Hill | April 7, 2021 | Harper Neidig

Rudy Giuliani is asking a federal court to throw out Dominion Voting Systems’s $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against him over his attacks on the company as part of an effort to undermine the credibility of the 2020 election.

Giuliani’s lawyers on Wednesday filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The 10-page motion did not specifically address the merits of Dominion’s claims, but instead argued Dominion failed to satisfy procedural requirements for such cases. 

“Giuliani denies that he has defamed Plaintiffs or that he has engaged in any wrongful or malicious conduct toward Plaintiffs,” the filing reads. “Should this matter reach legal or factual adjudication on the merits, Giuliani will provide a vigorous and complete response.”

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The company filed its lawsuit in January, accusing Giuliani of intentionally spreading lies about its work in an effort to sow doubt about President Biden’s victory over former President Trump and blaming him for helping to incite the mob that stormed the Capitol just two weeks earlier.

“Although he was unwilling to make false election fraud claims about Dominion and its voting machines in a court of law because he knew those allegations are false, he and his allies manufactured and disseminated the ‘Big Lie,’ which foreseeably went viral and deceived millions of people into believing that Dominion had stolen their votes and fixed the election,” Dominion said in its lawsuit. 

“Even after the United States Capitol had been stormed by rioters who had been deceived by Giuliani and his allies, Giuliani shirked responsibility for the consequences of his words and repeated the Big Lie again,” the lawsuit added.

In the filing submitted in the D.C. federal district court on Wednesday, Giuliani’s lawyers argued that the lawsuit should be dismissed in part because Dominion lacks legal standing to bring its claims. They also argued that because Dominion is a corporation, “they may not recover any damages other than lost profits.”

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