Dominion sees no chance of settling suits against pro-Trump lawyers Giuliani, Powell -Breaking
Jan Wolfe, Helen Coster
WASHINGTON (Reuters] – Dominion Voting Systems Corp told a court that there was “no real possibility” the manufacturer of voting machines will settle its defamation lawsuits worth billions against Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell and other lawyers for President Donald Trump.
Smartmatic and Dominion brought lawsuits against several people for spreading conspiracy theories regarding their voting systems after Trump’s defeat to President Joe Biden.
“Given the devastating harm to Plaintiffs, the lack of remorse shown by Defendants, and the fact that many of them continue to double down on their lies, Plaintiffs do not believe any realistic possibility of settlement exists,” Denver-based Dominion said in a filing https://storage.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.dcd.225699/gov.uscourts.dcd.225699.63.0.pdf on Monday in federal court in Washington.
In the same filing, lawyers for Powell and Giuliani indicated that they may openly discuss settlements with their clients once all evidence has been exchanged or “discovery” is completed.
Defense lawyers stated, “Powell & Giuliani do not have any reason to apologize for or dispute their lying about anything.”
Don Herzog, University of Michigan law professor, stated, “There is no special incentive to settle with Giuliani and Powell. And it’s certainly not the sadistic glee of making people miserable by forcing them to continue.”
It’s almost always the case that the settlement party will state in their terms that they don’t believe I committed any wrongdoing. Except they are crazy, the only thing the corporation needs from these two parties is the acknowledgement of your wrongdoings. Herzog stated that they have an urgent interest in going to trial to make them lose.
Giuliani (the former New York City Mayor) was Trump’s campaign lawyer. Trump continues to lie about the theft of the 2020 election through widespread fraud.
After Giuliani appeared at a news conference with Trump and claimed that the electronic voting system had changed millions of votes to Biden, Trump’s campaign disassociated itself from Powell.
According to Axios, Powell visited Trump the next month and asked him to seize the voting machines as well as to appoint Powell to be a special counsel in an investigation into the election.
Dominion is also seeking millions of dollars in damages from other pro-Trump media figures and networks. These include Newsmax CEO Mike Lindell and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell. According to court filings, defendants argued they used free speech as allowed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
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