Politics Fact check: Dominion Voting Systems did not lose its lawsuits against Giuliani and Powell
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The claim: Dominion lost its lawsuits against Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell on Nov. 19
Dominion Voting Systems filed billion-dollar defamation lawsuits in January against attorneyand former New York Mayor – allies of former President Donald Trump – who spread that the company rigged the 2020 presidential election.
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Conspiracy theories andtargeting Dominion, a private company in 28 states, were repeatedly promoted on social media and on One America News Network and Newsmax, conservative television networks who are also in lawsuits filed by the company.
Following reports that Dominion would beagainst Fox Corporation executives, posts surfaced claiming the company lost a separate legal battle on Nov. 19.
“Hold on….Dominion lost their lawsuit to Rudy Gulliani (sic) and Sidney Powell Today!!” reads a screenshot of a Nov. 19 tweet that was shared to, which generated more than 200 reactions in a few days.
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Similar versions of the claim recently made their way to, where some users questioned the authenticity of the tweet. “Source? I can't find anything on the net, so I doubt this is true,” one user replied.
Indeed, there's no truth to this. USA TODAYthat Dominion's lawsuits against Giuliani and Powell were resolved, and while there have been developments since then, the cases remain open.
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The user who shared the Facebook post did not return a request for comment.
Lawsuits are ongoing, legal records show
Dominion filed its lawsuit against Giuliani onsaying in a press release at the time that he "actively propagated disinformation to purposefully mislead voters." It against Powell on Jan. 8 over unfounded claims that the company rigged the 2020 election.
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There is no evidence widespread election fraud took place in the 2020 election, whichas “the most secure in American history.” Claims that Dominion’s voting machines “flipped votes” to President Joe Biden .
The cases againstand are active as of Nov. 23, according to , a site run by nonprofit The Free Law Project.
Kay Stimson, a spokeswoman for Dominion, also told USA TODAY via email the claim is false and that "both lawsuits are ongoing."
In August, U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols, denying requests from Powell and Giuliani to dismiss the cases amid arguments that their statements were protected opinions.
“As an initial matter, there is no blanket immunity for statements that are ‘political’ in nature,”. The judge rejected arguments from Giuliani that Dominion may “only recover lost profits” and said the company’s complaint alleges lost profits with “adequate specificity.”
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Powellagainst Dominion on Sept. 24 seeking $10 million in damages, alleging the court lacks personal jurisdiction and that the company “assumed the risk of unfair and even false criticism” by entering the public arena. Dominion asked a D.C. federal judge to on .
Our rating: False
Based on our research, we rate FALSE the claim that Dominion lost its lawsuits against Giuliani and Powell on Nov. 19. Court records show the cases are still active and ongoing, and a spokesperson for Dominion confirmed the cases are still open. In August, a judge rejected requests from the defendants that the lawsuits be dismissed.
Our fact-check sources:
- USA TODAY, June 2,
- United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Jan. 25, Complaint in
- United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Jan. 8, Complaint in
- Court Listener, accessed Nov. 22, Docket in
- Court Listener, accessed Nov. 19, Docket in
- Associated Press, Aug. 12,
- Justia, Aug. 11,
- United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Sept. 25,
- Law360, Nov. 16,
- PacerMonitor, accessed Nov. 22,
- Dominion Voting, Jan. 25,
- Dominion Voting, Jan. 8,
- USA TODAY, Nov. 12,
- USA TODAY, Nov. 14,
- Kay Stimson, Nov. 22, Email exchange with USA TODAY
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Lawyers Who Pushed Election Fraud Ordered to Pay $180K Legal Costs for Dominion, Facebook .
Election officials in four swing states were also named in the suit and will be receiving penalties from attorneys Gary D. Fielder and Ernest J. Walker , AP reported.U.S. Magistrate Judge N. Reid Neureiter first ruled in August that the two lawyers should pay penalties, writing that their lawsuit "put into or repeated into the public record highly inflammatory and damaging allegations that could have put individuals' safety in danger.""Doing so without a valid legal basis or serious independent personal investigation into the facts was the height of recklessness," he added.