Dominion Voting Systems, the company which made and ran the voting machines and software for the 2020 presidential election, has filed defamation lawsuits against former President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, attorney Sidney Powell, and My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell.
Giuliani argued the suit against him should be tossed because Dominion claimed lost revenue: Giuliani's suggestions that the company's execution of their functions was skewed toward Biden affected the company negatively and seeks compensatory damages.
Powell claimed that Dominion did not have grounds to sue because her statements at issue were her opinion. Dominion argued Powell made these statements with malice and knowing they were false.
Lindell and his company are both named as defendants in Dominion's suit. Dominion argues Lindell often tied advertisements for My Pillow products to claims that the election was rigged, even offering promotional discount codes referencing his claims.
So what does this all mean?
US District Court Judge Carl J. Nichols ruled all three cases had sufficient grounds to continue, despite the three defendants' assertions to the contrary. But this only means the cases may move forward, not that the defendants are in fact guilty.
Judge Nichols, a Trump appointee to the DC District Court, wrote in his opinion Wednesday that Powell's statements couldn't be excused by political speech protections and that she wasn't protected as an attorney, either.
"Powell cannot shield herself from liability for her widely disseminated out-of-court statements by casting them as protected statements about in-court litigation; an attorney's out-of-court statements to the public can be actionable, even if those statements concern contemplated or ongoing litigation," Nichols wrote.
These cases will be the barometer for how deep state our justice system is. As they say, hit 'em where it hurts, and nothing hurts more than blows to the bank account.