- Dominion Voting Systems says it’s unlikely to settle its defamation lawsuits over the 2020 election.
- The company said voter-fraud conspiracy theories had caused it “devastating harm.”
- MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell told Insider on Tuesday that he would “never settle” with Dominion either.
Dominion Voting Systems said this week in a court filing that there was no “realistic possibility” that it would settle its $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit with MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and the pro-Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell.
The company made its position clear in a new filing Monday night as part of the company’s lawsuits against the trio for pushing an array of conspiracy theories about the election-technology company’s role in the 2020 election.
“Given the devastating harm to Plaintiffs, the lack of remorse shown by Defendants, and the fact that many of them continue to double down on their lies, Plaintiffs do not believe any realistic possibility of settlement exists,” lawyers for the company wrote in the filing.
In the same filing, lawyers representing Powell and Giuliani reiterated their positions that their claims about Dominion’s role in the election didn’t meet the legal standard for defamation.
“Powell and Giuliani are open to settlement discussions once discovery is complete and Dominion realizes that its claims are without merit and that it has no damages legally attributable to Powell and Giuliani,” the filing said. “Powell and Giuliani have nothing to show remorse for and dispute that they have lied about anything.”
The claims were made in a joint filing in which the parties proposed a schedule to US District Judge Carl J. Nichols, who is overseeing Dominion’s array of defamation lawsuits, to move the cases forward. In August, Nichols denied attempts from Powell, Giuliani, and Lindell to dismiss Dominion’s lawsuits against them. He later consolidated the case so they would move to trial together.
Lawyers for both Powell and Giuliani said in the filing that they planned to participate in discovery for the lawsuits, though Giuliani’s attorneys said the FBI was in possession of his digital files. The FBI raided his Manhattan apartment and office last year for a separate investigation into whether he broke lobbying laws.
Lindell has refused to participate in the discovery process. He told Insider on Tuesday night that he planned to appeal Nichols’ denial of his motion to dismiss the lawsuit all the way to the Supreme Court.
Lindell has said he’ll “never settle” with Dominion and is countersuing the company for $1.6 billion.
“They are prison bound! They are trying to cover up their crimes and committing more crimes in the process!” Lindell told Insider, saying “many new charges and lawsuits” would be brought against Dominion in the “next two to three weeks.”
Since Dominion filed its lawsuits against them early last year, Giuliani and Lindell have continued to repeat their baseless claims of voter fraud.
In December, Giuliani made an unsubstantiated claim that he had proof to validate the conspiracy theory that scores of votes were cast in dead people’s names in the 2020 election. The Trump ally has not produced the evidence or said where he obtained it.
Lindell continues to push voter-fraud conspiracy theories. Earlier this month, the voting-systems company Smartmatic also hit Lindell with a defamation lawsuit, calling him “crazy like a fox” and alleging he “intentionally stoked the fires of xenophobia and party divide for the noble purpose of selling his pillows.”