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Experts say Dominion and Smartmatic could win their defamation lawsuits, but MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell says they have 'zero' shot

Posted On: Apr 17, 2021   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Experts say Dominion and Smartmatic could win their defamation lawsuits, but MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell says they have 'zero' shot

Summary List Placement Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic have sued several Trump-backers for billions of dollars, and experts say they may succeed if they can pass the high bar required in proving defamation.
The companies said the defendants, which in various lawsuits have included Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, and Fox News, spread conspiracy theories about their voting machines following the 2020 election. In order to win the cases, Dominion and Smartmatic would need to prove the defendants made false and harmful statements of fact. Plus, the companies could be considered public figures, meaning they'd have to prove the defendants knew their statements were false or reckless, meeting a standard of "actual malice."
"In the interest of promoting the falsehood that Trump won the election, these folks have all done pretty severe harm to an entirely innocent company," Andrew Koppelman, a political science professor at Northwestern, told Insider in a January interview. "I could...

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