Trump ally Mike Lindell to file libel suit over election fraud allegations

MyPillow Inc. Chief Executive Mike Lindell must face a defamation lawsuit filed by a voting machine company that falsely accused the Trump ally of rigging the 2020 US election, a federal judge in Minnesota ruled on Monday.

Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright dismissed Lindell and MyPillow’s request to file Smartmatic USA Corp.’s lawsuit. and found ample evidence that Lindell ignored publicly available information that contradicted his theories.

Judge Wright also found ample evidence that Lindell knew or should have known that his statements were false and acted with “genuine malice” in promoting them, a major legal threshold in defamation cases.

Lawyers for the suspects did not immediately respond to questions on Monday.

A Smartmatic attorney, J. Erik Connolly, told Reuters in a statement that the company was pleased with the ruling.

“Mr. Lindell continues to spread misinformation, endangering safe and accurate voting in the United States and elsewhere. It must end,” Connolly said.

Smartmatic operated voting machines in Los Angeles County in 2020 and says there were no irregularities in the counts.

The London-based company alleged in its January complaint that Lindell knowingly made false claims about voter fraud to boost sales of MyPillow and made Smartmatic “synonymous with election fraud”.

The defendants said in their request for dismissal that Lindell’s statements were “not inherently improbable” and were based on publicly available information about problems with voting machines.

Smartmatic and competitor Dominion Voting Systems Inc have filed similar lawsuits against Trump allies and media spreading the rigging claims, including Fox Corp and Newsmax Media Inc.

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