In August, lawyers for Mike Lindell’s pillow company raised a legal argument that could deal a blow to a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit brought by Dominion Voting Systems.
Lawyers for MyPillow argue that, since Dominion develops technology used in elections, it’s effectively a government official. And since government officials need to clear a high bar to win defamation lawsuits, they argue the lawsuit can’t stand.
“At the heart of this case is the scope of an American citizen’s right to criticize how his government handles the counting of votes,” MyPillow’s lawyers write. “Were electronic voting systems used in the November 2020 election hacked and manipulated? Plaintiff Dominion’s billion-dollar defamation lawsuits and related public attacks against MyPillow and numerous others are an effort to choke off public discussion of these foundational political issues.” . . .
“The defendants are claiming that because the plaintiff is performing a strictly government function they should be treated as a public official,” Frederick Schauer, a University of Virginia professor and First Amendment expert, told Insider. “That is not an implausible claim, nor is the response that the plaintiff is sufficiently down in the food chain that they cannot really be considered an official, even if they are doing something governmental under contract with the government.” (Read more from “Mike Lindell Wants To Crush Dominion’s Defamation Lawsuit, Arguing the Voting Tech Company Is a Government Official – Legal Experts Say He Has a Point” HERE)
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