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Giuliani’s Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Faces Legal Hurdles in New York Court

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has initiated his Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, which have commenced with a contentious start in a New York bankruptcy court.

Following $148 Million Defamation Judgement

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Giuliani seeks protection from creditors following a $148 million judgment resulting from a defamation lawsuit.

False Accusations in 2020 Georgia Elections

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This legal battle stems from false accusations he made against two 2020 Georgia election workers who he claimed were attempting to manipulate the election in favor of Joe Biden.

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Giuliani’s First Appearance in Bankruptcy Court

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Rudy Giuliani is scheduled to make his first appearance in a New York bankruptcy court, marking a critical juncture in his financial and legal predicament.

Request To Allow Challenge To $148 Mn Judgement

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The hearing is set for 11 a.m., during which Giuliani will request permission from Judge Sean Lane to challenge the $148 million judgment that triggered his bankruptcy filing. 

Halting All Litigation

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The bankruptcy process temporarily halts all litigation against him and prevents the election workers’ immediate collection of the judgment.

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Challenges from Lawsuit Plaintiffs

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The election workers involved in the defamation lawsuit, Dominion Voting Systems, and other parties who have sued Giuliani oppose his request to challenge the judgment in bankruptcy court.

Uncertainty Surrounding Giuliani’s Bankruptcy

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Giuliani’s bankruptcy attorney, Gary Fischoff, has expressed uncertainty about the eventual outcome of the Chapter 11 proceedings.

Everyone Equally Unhappy

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He hopes for a resolution where “everyone is equally unhappy,” indicating the contentious nature of the case.

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Comparison to Alex Jones’ Bankruptcy Attempt

Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who faced substantial legal claims related to spreading falsehoods about the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre, attempted to reach a similar resolution through personal bankruptcy. Giuliani’s case may follow a comparable trajectory.

Another $1.3 Bn Suit

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Beyond the $148 million judgment, Giuliani confronts a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit by Dominion Voting Systems.
This lawsuit centers on Giuliani’s unfounded allegations that the company manipulated its voting machines to influence the 2020 election in Joe Biden’s favor.

Other Cases

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Additionally, Giuliani faces accusations of battery, assault, and sexual harassment in a lawsuit filed by his former business development director, Noelle Dunphy, which he has denied.

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Giuliani’s Perspective on the Judgment

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In court documents, Giuliani contended that the $148 million judgment was unreasonable and did not accurately reflect any damages suffered by Moss and Freeman.

Racist Messages and Harassment

The two election workers claim they endured thousands of racist and harassing messages following Giuliani’s false statements.

Purpose of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

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Giuliani has stated that he filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy primarily due to the $148 million judgment and the financial burden posed by other lawsuits.
He intends to utilize Chapter 11 to restructure his finances and address outstanding financial obligations.

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Case Details

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The bankruptcy proceedings are identified as Rudolph W. Giuliani, 23-12055, in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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