Rudy Giuliani is asking a federal court to dismiss Dominion Voting Systems’ $1.3 billion defamation case against him, which stems from his attacks on the corporation in an attempt to smear the 2020 election’s reputation.
On Wednesday, Giuliani’s lawyers filed a motion to dismiss the case. The 10-page motion did not directly discuss the merits of Dominion’s arguments, instead arguing that Dominion had failed to comply with procedural standards in similar cases.
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“Giuliani denies defaming Plaintiffs or engaging in any wrongful or malicious acts against Plaintiffs,” according to the filing.
“Should this matter proceed to a legal or factual adjudication on the merits, Giuliani will respond with vigor and thoroughness.”
A message requesting comment from Dominion was not immediately returned.
In January, the corporation filed a complaint against Giuliani, accusing him of lying about his work in order to cast doubt on President Biden’s win over former President Trump, and accusing him of inciting the mob that invaded the Capitol just two weeks before.
“Despite his unwillingness to make false election fraud charges against Dominion and its voting machines in a court of law because he knows those allegations are false,” Dominion said in its complaint, “he and his supporters invented and disseminated the ‘Big Lie,’ which foreseeably went viral and misled millions of citizens into thinking that Dominion had stolen their votes and fixed the election.”
“Even after rioters who had been misled by Giuliani and his supporters invaded the United States Capitol,” the complaint continued, “Guliani shirked responsibility for the repercussions of his words and repeated the Big Lie.”
Giuliani’s attorneys argued in a filing filed in federal district court in D.C. on Wednesday that the case should be dismissed in part because Dominion lacks legal standing to bring its claims. They also said that “they could not recover any damages other than lost earnings” because Dominion is a company.
Dominion has also brought defamation suits against right-wing legal blogger Sidney Powell and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, both Trump supporters who promoted false allegations of systemic election fraud.