Dominion Voting Systems sued Rudy Giuliani, former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, saying Mr. Giuliani defamed the company by spreading accusations that it rigged the 2020 election for President Biden.
The lawsuit, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, seeks more than $1.3 billion in damages.
Mr. Giuliani and his allies spread allegations against Dominion “which foreseeably went viral and deceived millions of people into believing that Dominion had stolen their votes and fixed the election,” the company said in the complaint.
“Not only have these lies damaged the good name of Dominion Voting, they’ve also undermined trust in American democratic institutions, drowning out the remarkable work of election officials and workers, who ensured a transparent and secure election,” said Dominion Chief Executive John Poulos during a call with reporters Monday.
Mr. Giuliani in a statement said the lawsuit would “allow me to investigate their history, finances, and practices fully and completely” and said it amounted to “another act of intimidation by the hate-filled left-wing to wipe out and censor the exercise of free speech, as well as the ability of lawyers to defend their clients vigorously.” He said he planned to look into a countersuit against the company for violating his constitutional rights.