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Dominion lawsuits against Powell and Giuliani are ongoing

June 1, 2021 GMT

CLAIM: Election technology firm Dominion Voting Systems lost its lawsuits against attorney Sidney Powell and former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Dominion’s defamation lawsuits against Powell and Giuliani are ongoing, according to legal records.

THE FACTS: In January 2021, Dominion Voting Systems filed defamation lawsuits against Giuliani and Powell, claiming the lawyers falsely accused the company of rigging the 2020 presidential election in favor of Joe Biden. The suits sought more than $1.3 billion in damages from Giuliani and the same sum from Powell.

Five months later, both cases remain open, according to websites that track legal cases. Still, social media users this week were sharing false claims that Dominion’s legal efforts had failed.

“ABSENT FROM THE NEWS,” read a Monday Facebook post with over 1,000 shares. “Dominion LOST their law suits against Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell.”

Lawyers for Giuliani and Powell have both requested through attorneys that the suits be dismissed. Dominion has opposed those motions. Neither case had a verdict as of June 1, 2021.

There is no evidence of the widespread fraud that Trump and his allies claimed occurred in the 2020 election. Republican and Democratic election officials certified the election as valid, and a clear majority of Congress confirmed that President Joe Biden won.

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This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.

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