NEW YORK – Rudy Giuliani spent a week dodging the service of a $ 1.3 billion lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems after publicly declaring he was ready for the legal fight, a source told the Daily News .
Dominion hired the process servers to hand Giuliani his 107-page lawsuit after the former mayor ignored requests to simply accept him via email, the source said. The voting machine company claims Giuliani destroyed his reputation by knowingly spreading lies that he helped steal President Biden’s election.
On Tuesday, the company filed a separate defamation lawsuit, also seeking $ 1.3 billion, against MyPillow CEO Mike Lendell for making similar false claims Dominion played a role in voter fraud .
“After failing to respond to quit requests, Mr. Giuliani evaded in-person service from the process for nearly a week. It took many attempts, both at his home and at his office, before we could successfully serve Mr. Giuliani on February 10th. Mr. Giuliani’s repeated false statements about Dominion have been extremely damaging; this process service is one more step in our quest for justice, ”said Tom Clare, a Dominion lawyer.
Giuliani said he welcomes the fight in court after Dominion filed a lawsuit last month.
“Dominion’s $ 1.3 billion libel lawsuit will allow me to fully and completely investigate their history, finances and practices,” Giuliani said.
A detailed account of the efforts to serve Giuliani, which was provided to The Daily News by a source, told a different story. A doorman, knowing the process servers were looking for Giuliani, locked the building door every time the former mayor entered the lobby.
On February 7, a pair of process servers and Giuliani found themselves in a tough stalemate during a bad winter storm. That morning, the building porter waved to a Ford Explorer SUV parked on the street. Giuliani climbed into the passenger seat and closed the SUV’s door as a processing server rushed in with a bag full of documents.
“This is not how it is supposed to be done. You should have gone to my office, ”Giuliani said, according to the account. The lawsuit was filed between the door of the SUV.
The doorman got involved, shoving his umbrella into the door of the SUV. The driver and doorman took out the bag of legal documents, allowing Giuliani to close the SUV door. The processing server left the bag in front of Giuliani’s building, which the porter had locked again.
“These documents now belong to Giuliani,” the process server said.
The building staff apparently disagreed. The process server saw a maintenance worker throw the bag of legal documents into a trash can on the street. They recovered the legal documents and continued to prosecute Giuliani.
For the next two days, the process server failed to intercept Giuliani in his office or building. Staff at Giuliani’s office ignored messages to make an appointment to put on the costume.
At one point, his driver went through a red light while dodging the process server, according to the account. Finally, on February 10, Giuliani’s assistant accepted the service on his behalf.
Giuliani did not respond to a survey.