WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says it will not intervene in a lawsuit in which Dominion Voting Systems accused MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell of defamation for falsely accusing the company of rigging the 2020 presidential election against former President Donald Trump.
Typically, the high court said nothing Monday about the case as it dismissed it among many others. Monday is the first day the high court hears arguments after taking a summer recess.
Lindell is part of a case in which Dominion also accused Trump allies Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani of defamation for falsely claiming the election was “stolen.” Denver, Colorado-based Dominion has sought $1.3 billion in damages from the trio.
A trial judge in August last year refused to dismiss the case, instead saying it could go forward. Lindell had appealed that determination, but a federal appeals court said his appeal was premature. The Supreme Court refused to take up that issue.
Powell and Giuliani, both attorneys who filed election challenges on Trump’s behalf, and Lindell, who was one of Trump’s most vocal public supporters, made several unproven claims about the voting machine company during press conferences, election rallies and on social media and television.
There was no widespread fraud in the election, as confirmed by a number of election officials across the country, including Trump Attorney General William Barr. The Republican governors of Arizona and Georgia, key battleground states crucial to Biden’s victory, also endorsed the integrity of elections in their states. Dominion machines tabulated ballots in 28 states.
In September, a Minnesota judge refused to dismiss a separate defamation lawsuit brought by another voting machine maker, Smartmatic, against Lindell. Smartmatic machines were used only in Los Angeles County during the 2020 election. MyPillow is based in Minnesota.
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