A Washington, D.C. federal judge rejected requests by three Trump allies seeking to have lawsuits from Dominion Voting Systems dismissed. The judge ruled that the three $1.3 billion defamation suits against Trump’s former personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell, and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell can move forward. Dominion Voting Systems alleges that each individual deliberately defamed the company to push former President Trump’s voter fraud claims forward.
The Hill reports:
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols, a Trump appointee, swept aside the initial claims put forth by the defendants for why the suits should be tossed, from arguments that their alleged statements were legally protected opinions or were otherwise made without malicious intent to claims that the D.C. court lacked jurisdiction to hear the case.
The Wednesday order clears the way for the litigation to proceed. Separately, Dominion this week also sued a pair of far-right media companies and the former head of Overstock.com for defamation based on statements made about the 2020 election.
In a 44-page opinion, Nichols first focused on the case against Powell, whom Dominion blamed for helping incite the riot, writing in its complaint that the demonstrators were “fueled by the disinformation campaign launched and sustained by Powell in concert with her allies and like-minded media outlets.”
Dominion’s lawsuit against Giuliani alleges that the former New York City mayor continued to falsely accuse the company of fixing the 2020 presidential election by manipulating votes even after independent audits and hand recounts disproved his claims.
Giuliani filed a motion in response to Dominion’s lawsuit and argued that the company “failed to satisfy procedural requirements for such cases.” Giuliani’s motion was denied.
Dominion Voting Systems recently filed lawsuits against conservative new networks One America News Network and Newsmax.