MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has been ordered by a U.S. District judge to pay some of voting machine company Smartmatic’s court costs and fees after ruling some of Lindell’s claims against Smartmatic fall “on the frivolous side of the line.”
The Hill reports:
“The Court agrees with Smartmatic that Lindell has asserted at least some groundless claims,” U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols wrote in his ruling.
“In particular, the Court concludes that at the very least Lindell’s claim against Smartmatic under the Support or Advocacy Clause falls on the frivolous side of the line (other claims do too). As a result, the Court orders Lindell and his previous counsel to pay some of the fees and costs Smartmatic has incurred defending itself and moving for sanctions,” he added.
“Whatever the judge thinks, that’s his opinion,” Lindell told Bloomberg Law in a phone call. “I’ve got lawyers doing more important things like removing these machines from every state.”
So far, Lindell has not made a decision if he will appeal the ruling.
Earlier this year, voting machine company Smartmatic sued Lindell alleging that the MyPillow executive lied about the 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 U.S. election. He told people that Smartmatic’s election technology, hardware, and software were hacked by China and other foreign countries,” according to Smartmatic’s lawsuit.
Lindell, who also faces a lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems, sued both companies for defamation. Those cases have now been dismissed.