January 25, 2021
Dominion Files Defamation Suit Against Rudy Giuliani
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today legal representatives for Dominion Voting Systems filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against Rudy Giuliani for his false claims about the company.
From Dominion CEO John Poulos:
"The disinformation campaign waged against my company is what prompts this legal action today.
Rudy Giuliani actively propagated disinformation to purposefully mislead voters. Because Giuliani and others incessantly repeated the false claims about my company on a range of media platforms, some of our own family and friends are among the Americans who were duped.
Not only have these lies damaged the good name of my company, but they also undermined trust in American democratic institutions, drowning out the remarkable work of elections officials and workers, who ensured a transparent and secure election. The thousands of hand recounts and audits that proved machines counted accurately continue to be overshadowed by disinformation.
Mr. Guiliani continues to make demonstrably false claims, and we intend to hold him, and others who spread disinformation, to account. Although no amount of money will repair the damage done, we must pursue justice to expose how disinformation was maliciously created and purposely spread to deceive the American people."
From Dominion legal counsel Thomas Clare, Partner at Clare Locke LLP:
"As a lawyer, Rudy Giuliani is well aware that he can be sanctioned for making false claims in court. That's why he never mentioned Dominion in court and admitted in court that his case wasn't a fraud case. Instead, he peddled his lies about Dominion in the court of public opinion, in concert with reckless media outlets that knowingly gave him a global platform to spew baseless falsehoods and to undermine confidence in our democracy. While pushing the disinformation campaign that incited death threats and violence and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, Giuliani cashed in by hawking gold coins, supplements, cigars, and protection from 'cyberthieves.'
After we asked Giuliani to retract his false claims, he doubled down and said he'd love to take discovery on Dominion. We're here to grant his wish and to remind him that discovery is a two-way street. These lies have had an incalculable amount of damage on Dominion and our country. We will hold him, and the many that have abetted him, accountable for their profiteering lies."
The filing can be found here.