Supreme Court allows Dominion’s $1.3 billion defamation suit against Mike Lindell to go forward
Mike Lindell is facing a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems, and the far-right conspiracy theorist and MyPillow CEO has been trying to get the case thrown out in court. But on Monday, October 3, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case.
After the 2020 presidential election, Lindell falsely claimed that Dominion’s voting equipment was used to help steal the election from Donald Trump — a claim that has been thoroughly debunked. Regardless, Lindell continues to push the false claim that the election was stolen from Trump and that Joe Biden was not legitimately elected president.
Lindell asked the High Court to intervene so that he could avoid “long and expensive” court proceedings, but the Court declined Lindell’s request — and the civil case will move forward.
In 2021, a federal district judge also refused to toss out Dominion’s lawsuit against Lindell.
USA Today’s John Fritz notes, “Lindell argues that US Dominion hasn't met the standard governing defamation claims set out in the Court's landmark 1964 decision in New York Times Co. v. Sullivan. Specifically, he asserted that the company had not proved that he knew his comments were false or that they were spoken with a reckless disregard for truth or falsity.”
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