Dominion Voting Systems filed a $1.3 billion lawsuit against Rudy Giuliani, a personal lawyer for former President Donald Trump, alleging defamation over his repeated complaints about the reliability of voting machines in the 2020 election.
Dominion employees have received a barrage of death threats, and the company says it has "suffered unprecedented and irreparable harm", because of conspiracy theories stoked by Giuliani, the lawyer Sidney Powell and other pro-Trump public figures.
The global company has been firing back at Trump supporters who have pushed the conspiracy theory that it somehow "fixed" the 2020 presidential election in favor of President Joe Biden.
Giuliani served as former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer and helped craft a misleading narrative that the November 3 election was riddled with fraud.
In the lawsuit filed at the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the election technology supplier said this "viral disinformation campaign" had damaged its reputation and laid the groundwork for the riots at the US Capitol.
Dominion also filed a $1.3 billion libel suit against Powell earlier this month for making similar remarks. The lawsuit notes that Giuliani did not make these claims in court, where he would have been privileged against being sued for defamation, but would have risked bar discipline, including loss of his law license. Moreover, Giuliani claimed that Smartmatic had close ties to deceased Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez and investor George Soros.
Giuliani had not issued a statement about the lawsuit as of press time. "It was founded in 2002 in John Poulos's basement in Toronto to help blind people vote on paper ballots", the suit stated.
The Epoch Times has reached out to Giuliani for comment.
Both lawyers had claimed that Dominion voting machines switched votes from Donald Trump to Joe Biden. The company has sent retraction and preservation letters, often precursors to litigation, to more than 150 individuals and businesses, including conservative media outlets that amplified false claims of election fraud. During a three-hour span on December 21, the company said the term "dominion" and "fraud" were tweeted together by more than 2,200 Twitter users around the country with more than 8.75 million followers in all. Dominion is one of the nation's top voting machine companies and provided machines for the state of Georgia, the critical battleground that Biden won and which flipped control of the U.S. Senate. On Jan. 6, during an event with Trump, Giuliani made reference to the voting systems provider.