Facing a more than $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit from Dominion Voting systems, former Trump lawyer Sidney Powell dodged the company’s legal team for weeks, forcing Dominion to hire private investigators, the company claimed in a Tuesday filing.
Dominion had to pursue Powell “across state lines," which forced the company to have "unnecessary expenses for extraordinary measures to effect service [of process] ," it wrote in the filing. Powell also "refused to respond" to requests from Dominion’s legal team that would have allowed Powell more time to respond, the filing said.
On Monday, Powell, a Texas attorney, filed a motion seeking more time to respond to the lawsuit, which accuses her of promoting baseless claims that Dominion helped rig the 2020 presidential election against former President Donald Trump. Dominion opted not to oppose Powell’s move to extend her time to respond until March 22, but said it wanted to note these efforts to reach Powell for “the record.”
Powell did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.
Powell was a part of Trump’s legal team’s unsuccessful attempt to overturn the election results until late November, when Trump appeared to cut ties with her. Among Powell’s baseless conspiracies were that Dominion was created by late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and was flipping votes to Biden.
“Dominion brings this action to set the record straight, to vindicate the company’s rights under civil law, to recover compensatory and punitive damages, to seek a narrowly tailored injunction, and to stand up for itself and its employees,” Dominion wrote in its lawsuit against Powell.
Dominion said in its suit that the “viral disinformation campaign…irreparably damaged” its reputation, costing it hundreds of millions of dollars. Company employees have received death threats as a result, the lawsuit said.
The Trump lawyer’s campaign was riddled with errors, including misspelling "district" twice near the top of a filing as well as a lawsuit filed in Wisconsin that sought data on voting in Detroit, which is in Michigan. Twitter disabled Powell’s Twitter account just after the Jan. 6 insurrection over her promotion of QAnon conspiracy theories.
Powell joined in on lawsuits contesting the election results alongside Lin Wood, a pro-Trump lawyer whose baseless claims of election fraud led him to call for voters to not vote for Republican candidates for Senate in Georgia’s runoff in January.
Dominion has also sued Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, for defamation, saying Giuliani worked with Powell and Wood to "promote a false preconceived narrative about the 2020 election.” Another Trump ally who has peddled election conspiracy theories, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, is "begging to be sued," Dominion spokesperson Michael Steel said recently on CNN.
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