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Case Number: 1:21-cv-00213-CJN
Judge: Carl J. Nichols
Court: United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Defendant's Attorney: No appearance
Description: Washington, D.C. - US Dominion, Dominion Voting Systems and Dominion Voting Systems Corporation sued Rudolph W. Giulani on libel and slander theories claiming that told others untruths about Dominion's voting systems harming its reputation. Slander is a civil wrong (tort) and can be the basis for a lawsuit. Damages for slander may be limited to actual (special) damages unless there is malicious intent, since such damages are usually difficult to specify and harder to prove. Some statements such as an untrue accusation of having committed a crime are treated as slander per se since the harm and malice are obvious, and therefore usually result in general and even punitive damage recovery by the person harmed. Words spoken over the air on television or radio are treated as libel (written defamation) and not slander on the theory that broadcasting reaches a large audience as much if not more than printed publications.
Dominion alleged that Mr. Giuliani repeatedly wrongfully accused Dominion Voting Systems of ridding or modifying the software used to operate its voting systems to rid the November 3, 2020 in favor of Joe Biden and against Donald Trump.
The only defense to a slander or libel claim is truth.
Dominion also sued attorney Sidney Powell in a separate action.
Outcome: The allegations set forth in the Complaint filed by Dominion are not proof of wrongdoing.