Judge sanctions MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell for ‘frivolous’ election lawsuit
A U.S. District Judge ordered MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell to pay some of voting machine maker Smartmatic's court costs and fees, saying in a Thursday ruling that some of Lindell's claims against Smartmatic were "on the frivolous side of the line." fall.
"The court agrees with Smartmatic that Lindell made at least some unsubstantiated claims," US District Judge Carl Nichols wrote in his ruling.
"Specifically, the court concludes that at least Lindell's claim against Smartmatic under the support or advocacy clause is on the frivolous side of the line (so are other claims). As a result, the court is ordering Lindell and his former attorney to pay a portion of the fees and costs Smartmatic incurred in defending and seeking sanctions,” he added.
Nichols also granted motions from Smartmatic, Dominion Voting Systems and Hamilton Place to dismiss the lawsuits against them.
"Whatever the judge thinks, that's his opinion," Lindell told Bloomberg Law in a phone call. "I have attorneys doing more important things like removing these machines from every state."
He told the news outlet he will decide later whether to appeal the verdict.
The Hill has reached out to an attorney for Lindell for comment.
The development comes as Smartmatic sued Lindell, an ally of former President Trump, earlier this year, claiming the MyPillow exec lied about the voting machine company regarding the 2020 election.
"Mr. Lindell's message was as dangerous as it was factually inaccurate. Mr. Lindell told people that Smartmatic stole the 2020 US election. He told people that Smartmatic's voting technology, hardware and software were hacked by China and other foreign countries '" Smartmatic's lawsuit states.
“He told people that the Smartmatic voting technology, hardware and software were designed for the sole purpose of stealing foreign elections by swapping votes. And he told people that Smartmatic used its voting technology, hardware and software to do just that in the 2020 US election. All lies."
Lindell, who is also facing a lawsuit from Dominion, sued both companies for defamation. Both of these cases were dismissed.
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