A federal judge sanctioned MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell on Friday for “frivolous” claims against voting machine company Smartmatic, Axios reports.
“The Court agrees with Smartmatic that Lindell has asserted at least some groundless claims,” U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols a Trump appointee wrote in his ruling.
“In particular, the Court concludes that at the very least Lindell’s claim against Smartmatic under the Support or Advocacy Clause falls on the frivolous side of the line (other claims do too). As a result, the Court orders Lindell and his previous counsel to pay some of the fees and costs Smartmatic has incurred defending itself and moving for sanctions,” he added.
The judge also granted motions from Smartmatic, Dominion Voting Systems and Hamilton Place to dismiss the lawsuits against them.
Lindell counter-sued Smartmatic and Dominion earlier this year after the voting machine companies filed billion dollar defamation lawsuits against him over his claims that there was widespread fraud in the November presidential election.
“Whatever the judge thinks, that’s his opinion,” Lindell told Bloomberg Law. “I’ve got lawyers doing more important things like removing these machines from every state.”
Lindell plans to make a decision at a later date on whether he plans to appeal the judge’s ruling.