Dominion Voting Systems has filed a defamation lawsuit against Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s lawyer and former New York City mayor, seeking $1.3bn for his alleged role in perpetuating the “big lie” about fraud in the 2020 election.
The legal claim against Mr Giuliani is part of a broader effort by the voting machines systems company to push back against the debunked accusations from Mr Trump and his allies, which have turned it into a target for criticism and disdain among the former president’s supporters.
The lawsuit was filed on Monday in federal court in the District of Columbia, following a similar claim lodged by Dominion against Sidney Powell, the rightwing lawyer who brought post-election litigation on behalf of Mr Trump.
“[Mr Giuliani] 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,” the lawsuit said.
Mr Giuliani could not be reached for comment by phone and did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent to his consulting firm.
In the final months of his presidency, Mr Trump repeatedly and publicly attacked Dominion, including on Twitter, as he sought to overturn the results of the election, which has been blamed for inciting a deadly assault by his supporters on the US Capitol on January 6. Dominion said the campaign against the company had seriously damaged it.
“Dominion has been unfairly subjected to the hatred, contempt, and distrust of tens of millions of American voters, and the elected officials who are Dominion’s actual and potential customers have received emails, letters, and calls from their constituents demanding that they avoid contracting with Dominion or using Dominion machines,” it wrote in the lawsuit against Mr Giuliani.