July 27, 2023

Willkie is representing pro bono clients and Fulton County Georgia election workers Wandrea ArShaye (“Shaye”) Moss and her mother, Ruby Freeman, in a lawsuit filed in December 2021 against Mr. Giuliani for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and civil conspiracy arising from statements he made to intentionally undermine the results of the 2020 presidential election. On July 25, 2023, Rudy Giuliani filed a stipulation conceding that the statements he made about Willkie clients Shaye Moss and Ruby Freeman were false and that the statements carry a meaning that is defamatory per se. This is a major milestone in our clients’ fight for justice and confirms that Ruby and Shaye honorably performed their civic duties in the 2020 presidential election in full compliance with the law and that the allegations of election fraud Rudy Giuliani and former-President Trump made against them have been false since day one. 
While the case is ongoing, this major milestone has been covered by global news organizations. Partners Michael Gottlieb and Meryl Governski appeared on MSNBC and CNN, respectively, to discuss the case. This important development in the case was also covered by other global media organizations, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Politico, NPR, Forbes, Associated Press and more.

The Willkie team consists of partners Michael Gottlieb and Meryl Governski and associates Annie Houghton-Larsen, Tyler Knoblett, Tim Ryan, Logan Kenney, and Maggie MacCurdy, and paralegal Ann Staron.  Co-counsel on the case is Protect Democracy and Von DuBose. 

Watch Meryl Governski’s interview on CNN here
Learn more about the litigation here.   

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