A voting machine company’s defamation suits against a trio of President Donald Trump’s most staunch supporters will be allowed to move forward thanks to a new bombshell decision by a federal judge in Washington.
According to The Hill, U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols in D.C. declined requests from lawyer Sidney Powell, former Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell to throw out suits against each of them from Dominion Voting Systems.
The company claims the three Trump-backers peddled misinformation about its machines “rigging” the 2020 presidential election in favor of Joe Biden.
The Hill reports that Powell, Giuliani, and Lindell are each being sued to the tune of $1.3 billion by Dominion, which is hoping to recuperate costs from what it says are damages to its reputation as well as lost profits as a result of the trio’s false claims.
Motions to dismiss rejected in full
Nichols, who was appointed by Trump, collectively addressed the separate motions to dismiss Dominion’s suits. In his 44-page ruling, he meticulously picked apart each of the defendant’s arguments, rejecting them outright.
For Powell, the arguments against Dominion’s suit included an assertion that her claims about the company were mere opinions, and that the company had failed to prove “actual malice” on her part. The attorney also said she hadn’t engaged in deceptive business practices, and that the venue should be moved to her home state of Texas, since the D.C. court lacked jurisdiction, in her eyes.
Lindell made similar arguments regarding venue, hoping to move his case to his home state of Minnesota, and he likewise said Dominion hadn’t proven “actual malice” or deceptive business practices. He said his remarks about the company constituted “debate on public issues” and did not amount to defamation.
As for Guiliani, his only argument was that Dominion could only sue for lost profits as special damages that must be specified, which he claimed the voting company had failed to do. But like with Powell and Lindell, Judge Nichols apparently wasn’t buying Giuliani’s telling of the story.
Not the last of it
According to Politico, a spokesperson for Dominion said in a statement in response to the judge’s ruling that the company is “pleased to see this process moving forward to hold Mike Lindell, MyPillow, Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and Defending The Republic [an organization with ties to Powell] accountable.”
One of Powell’s attorneys, Howard Kleinhendler, signaled both disappointment and optimism at the decision.
“We are disappointed with the Court’s decision,” Kleinhendler said, according to Politico. “However, we now look forward to litigating this case on its merits and proving that Ms. Powell’s statements were accurate and certainly not published with malice. We also anticipate taking full discovery of Dominion including a thorough review of its election software and machines used in the 2020 election.”
According to the Washington Examiner, Dominion has also filed suit against news organizations including Fox News, Newsmax, and One America News, accusing the outlets of knowingly or negligently publishing defamatory claims about the company and its voting machines.