Federal Judge Hands Dominion Inc. Procedural Win:

Defamation Lawsuit to Move Forward Against Giuliani, Sidney Powell, and MyPillow

A federal judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss a cluster of three defamation lawsuits filed by U.S. Dominion, Inc., against attorney Sidney Powell, attorney Rudy Giuliani, My Pillow, Inc., and My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell alleging defamation in connection with Dominion’s activities during the 2020 election cycle.  Other named defendants included Powell’s law firm and a “related entity.”

In the 44-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Carl J. Nichols, a Donald Trump appointee, dismissed attempts by the named defendants to jettison the litigation using a myriad of legal techniques and arguments.

“As an initial matter, there is no blanket immunity for statements that are “political” in nature: as the Court of Appeals has put it, the fact that statements were made in a “political ‘context’ does not indiscriminately immunize every statement contained therein.” It is true that courts recognize the value in some level of “imaginative expression” or “rhetorical hyperbole” in our public debate. But it is simply not the law that provably false statements cannot be actionable if made in the context of an election.

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