Enlarge /. Sidney Powell, flanked by Rudy Giuliani, at a press conference on November 19, three days before the Trump campaign publicly cut ties with her.
Dominion Voting Systems has filed a lawsuit against former Trump campaign attorney, Sidney Powell, alleging that her widespread, baseless conspiracy theories have resulted in both reputational damage for the company and death threats against its employees. Dominion claims $ 1.3 billion in damages.
Statements by Powell, "in collaboration with allies and the media," that were "a false preconception" about the 2020 election caused "unprecedented harm," the company said in its lawsuit (PDF).
Powell is the attorney who filed the "Kraken" charges to de-certify the 2020 election results. The Trump campaign abruptly cut ties with Powell in late November, but that did nothing to prevent her increasingly outrageous claims or increasingly ridiculous complaints from flowing. Not only were Powell's lawsuits based on unsubstantiated conspiracy theories, they were also just bad filings in myriad other ways, including naming non-existent locations, misspelled locations, and naming plaintiffs who did not agree to participate in the case .
There has been no occurrence or evidence of widespread electoral fraud in any state, but that has not stopped Trump allies from continuing to make false claims that the election was "rigged" in some way.
"Powell's wild allegations are proven to be false," Dominion writes in the lawsuit. "Dominion was not founded in Venezuela to rig elections for a late Venezuelan dictator, it was founded in Toronto to create a fully verifiable paper-based voting system that would allow people with disabilities to vote independently on paper votes."
Among her many questionable allegations, Powell claimed in November that Dominion "was created to get Venezuela to change the voting results for Hugo Chavez, who died in 2013."
Dominion warned back in December that it was planning defamation lawsuits for mailing more than 20 letters to individuals and organizations, including Powell, demanding that they stop making defamatory claims against the company. Fox News, Newsmax, and OANN were all received by Dominion's warnings, as were Fox News presenters Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs, and Maria Bartiromo; Newsmax host Greg Kelly; Attorney Lin Wood; and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani among others.
Their defamatory claims, Dominion said, have made the company spend more than $ 565,000 on private security guards for its employees since the election. A company employee filed a defamation lawsuit against the Trump campaign in Colorado in December, as well as against Giuliani and Powell. The lawsuit alleges that such false claims resulted in the Dominion employee receiving death threats and hiding.