- A federal judge has awarded Smartmatic and Dominion Voting Systems a win over Mike Lindell.
- The judge ordered Mike Lindell to pay legal fees for the Smartmatic case against him so far.
- Lindell told Insider he would appeal the decision. “We are focused on eliminating the machines,” he said.
A federal judge has ordered MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell to pay a portion of Smartmatic’s legal fees in the polling company’s defamation lawsuit against him, also dismissing countersuits Lindell had filed against Smartmatic and Dominion Voting Systems.
In Friday’s decision, U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols said that due to “frivolous” and “baseless” claims, his countersuits could be dismissed and his lawyers would also be disciplined.
“The Court finds that, at the very least, Lindell’s claim against Smartmatic under the support or defense clause falls on the frivolous side of the line (other claims too),” Nichols wrote, according to the ruling. . “As a result, the Court orders Lindell and his former attorney to pay a portion of the fees and costs that Smartmatic incurred in defending itself and seeking sanctions.”
In the counterclaims filed against Smartmatic, Dominion Voting Systems and Hamilton Place, Lindell repeated election lies and alleged in documents that Smartmatic and Dominion were owned by Chinese nationals and destroyed its reputation and financial position with the help from a public relations firm. .
“It was the biggest crime family, probably bigger than the Mafia crime family,” Lindell told Insider in a March interview. “They were part of the greatest crime in human history, period. This is where we are.”
Lindell stood by her claims during a call with Insider Friday.
“This case is not frivolous, and it never has been,” he said. “We focus on eliminating the machines.”
When asked if his team would appeal the decisions, he replied: “Of course, 100% we will appeal.”
Smartmatic filed a libel suit against Lindell in January, calling him “crazy as a fox.” The company is seeking undisclosed damages and for Trump’s ally to refute campaign claims he made about Smartmatic and Dominion. Dominion Voting Systems also filed a $1.3 billion libel suit against Lindell, which Lindell also failed to have dismissed.
Smartmatic’s attorney asked the judge for sanctions against his lawyers early in the case, arguing that they were openly doctoring election lies. In the case, Smartmatic’s attorneys also accused Lindell of not cooperating with the discovery process and withholding documents.
“There is no legal precedent for the claims that are being filed,” Smartmatic attorney J. Erik Connolly told Insider in March. “I understand that someone might throw a lot of spaghetti at the wall. But that doesn’t provide you with a factual or legal predicate for a claim.”
Smartmatic’s attorneys did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment.