A U.S. district judge ordered MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell to pay some of voting machine company Smartmatic’s court costs and fees. The ruling that was passed by the federal judge said that some of Lindell’s claims against Smartmatic fall “on the frivolous side of the line.” “The Court agrees with Smartmatic that Lindell has asserted at least some groundless claims,” U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols wrote in his ruling.
“The Court agrees with Smartmatic that Lindell has asserted at least some groundless claims… 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” said Judge Nichols. The U.S. Judge has dismissed the cases and ordered Lindell to bear all the costs incurred by Smartmatic throughout the course of this lawsuit.
“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. He told people that Smartmatic election technology, hardware, and software were developed for the sole purpose of stealing foreign elections by switching votes. And he told people that Smartmatic deployed its election technology, hardware, and software to do just that in the 2020 U.S. election. All lies,” according to Smartmatic’s lawsuit.
Nichols flatly rejected wide-ranging claims that Lindell lodged against the companies in response to their defamation litigation. Judge Carl Nichols dismissed this case due to the lack of evidence provided by Lindell. “Lindell fails to adequately allege an agreement… Lindell’s Complaint points to no event, no conversation, no document—really, nothing at all—to suggest that Dominion, Smartmatic, or Hamilton Place reached any sort of ‘agreement.’ Nor does Lindell offer allegations from which an agreement could be inferred,” according to Nichols.
The lawsuit filed by Smartmatic against Mike Lindell
Smartmatic filed a lawsuit against Mike Lindell for spreading rumours about the voting machine manufacturing company. The allegations made by Mr Lindell have damaged the reputation of the company greatly. The lawsuit says that Mike Lindell has spread all these rumours and made these allegations to promote his own brand. The lawsuit even said that Lindell also promoted his book and ran advertisements for My Pillow during the course of the allegations he made against Smartmatic. “Mr Lindell went from a limited public profile to being known by the millions of individuals across the country who support President Trump,” the lawsuit states.
“President Trump’s supporters showed tremendous appreciation and admiration for what he was saying. This fame was a motivating factor for Mr Lindell. Mr Lindell understood he could not change the outcome of the election with his disinformation campaign,” the lawsuit continues. “He could, however, gain a bigger audience for his book and gain more purchasers for his MyPillow products,” said the lawsuit that was filed against Lindell.
The allegations that Mike Lindell made against Smartmatic
“Mr Lindell falsely claimed that Smartmatic manipulated votes in states and jurisdictions across the United States, including states in which Smartmatic technology was not involved in election activities. Mr Lindell deliberately and repeatedly published defamatory statements about Smartmatic that injured our reputation as a company providing secure, reliable and auditable election technology and software worldwide,” said an anonymous Smartmatic spokesperson. Smartmatic claims that Lindell did all this merely to increase the profits of his own company My Pillow.
“Lindell embarked on a campaign of lies about Smartmatic in an effort to garner publicity and, in turn, increase MyPillow profits,” said a Smartmatic spokesperson. The voting machine company Smartmatic has filed a lawsuit against MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, alleging that he made defamatory claims about the company as a marketing tool to sell more pillows.
While Lindell has pushed numerous conspiracy theories to explain Trump’s loss, he has mainly focused on voting machines from Smartmatic and Dominion Voting Systems. Smartmatic’s voting machines were only used in one U.S. county during the 2020 election. He has alleged that these machines switched votes from Trump to current President Joe Biden.
About Mike Lindell
Michael James Lindell born on 28th June 196,1 is an American businessman, political activist and conspiracy theories. Lindell is also the CEO of My Pillow a bedding and pillow manufacturing company.
Lindell has also recently started his own social media platform called ‘Frank Social.’ Lindell is one of Trump’s biggest supporters. Lindell is not only a Trump supporter but also was Trump’s advisor during his presidency. Lindell has been one of the foremost people who supported Trump’s claims of a stolen and rigged election and he spread conspiracy theories about widespread electoral fraud during the 2020 presidential elections.
Lindell has started many non-profit organizations to help people to overcome and recover from addictions. He also started a recovery network which connects addicts to other people who have overcome their addictions and can share their recovery process. He also started faith-based treatment centres and other recovery organizations.
In fact, Lindell himself was a cocaine addict who overcame his addiction through prayer. Lindell’s political career began in 2016 when he first met Donald Trump before he won the presidential elections.
As soon as Lindell met Trump he became a Trump supporter. “When I met with Donald Trump, it felt like a divine appointment, and when I walked out of that office I decided I was going to go all in.” – said Mike Lindell. He further went on to become a part of Trump’s inner circle and even receives invites to all the events hosted by Trump.
Smartmatic or Smartmatic SGO Group is a multinational company that builds and implements electronic voting systems. Smartmatic was founded in 2000 by Antonio Mugica, Alfredo José Anzola and Roger Piñate.
The company’s headquarters are located in London, United Kingdom. This company also manufacturers public safety solutions and public transportation and identity management systems, and authenticates products for government applications.
Smartmatic was officially incorporated on 11 April 2000 in Delaware by Alfredo José Anzola. Smartmatic was a little-known firm with no experience in voting technology before it was chosen to replace the country’s election machinery before the then president of Venezuela Hugo Chávez was re-elected as the President in 2004.
By 2006 Smartmatic had voting equipment installed in 17 states and the District of Columbia. Later in 2014, the CEO of Smartmatic struck a deal with the British Lord Mark Malloch-Brown and they together launched SGO Corporation Limited.
The sole purpose of this company is to manufacture voting machines and election technology. Smartmatic’s election technology has been used by Belgium, Africa, Argentina, Italy, Mexico, the United States of America, the United Kingdom and many other places for local and national elections.
Recently during the 2020 presidential elections, Mike Lindell accused Smartmatic of supporting Biden in stealing the 2020 presidential elections from Donald Trump.