Dominion Voting Systems will not seek a settlement in its $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against prominent Trump supporters including MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, and lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell.
In a court filing Monday, the company said there is no "realistic possibility" of a settlement in its cases against the prominent Trump supporters, each of whom claimed Dominion was part of a "national conspiracy" of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential 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," the company's lawyers wrote in the documents, which were first reported by Business Insider.
The papers were jointly filed with lawyers for the defendants in a case that will be presided over by U.S. District Judge Carl J. Nichols. The judge allowed Dominion's defamation lawsuits to proceed in August after dismissing an attempt by Powell, Giuliani, and Lindell to have the cases dismissed. Nichols also consolidated the cases so that they would be heard together.
Lawyers for defendants Powell and Giuliani argued in the filings that their claims about Dominion's voting machines did not 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."
Attorneys for Powell and Giuliani said they will participate in the discovery process for the lawsuit. However, Business Insider reported Giuliani's lawyers said he is currently unable to turn over documents because the FBI took possession of his digital files when it raided his home in May as part of an investigation into whether he violated lobbying laws.
Lindell said he will not participate in the discovery process. He informed Insider that he intends to appeal Nichols' denial of his motion to dismiss the defamation suit all the way to the Supreme Court.
He also said he will "never settle" with Dominion and has filed a counter lawsuit for $1.6 billion against the voting machine manufacturer, Business Insider reported.
"They are prison bound! They are trying to cover up their crimes and committing more crimes in the process!"Lindell said, informing the outlet "many new charges and lawsuits" will be brought against Dominion in the "next two to three weeks."
Dominion has vigorously denied the claims made by Lindell, Powell, and Giuliani, including the allegation that Dominion machines used software manufactured in Venezuela to help Hugo Chavez fraudulently win elections, among other unproven accusations. Dominion is an American company based in Denver and Toronto and has no ownership ties to the government of Venezuela.
The company alleges that Lindell, a self-made millionaire and staunch Trump supporter, advanced false and defamatory claims about Dominion's voting machines in order to "sell more pillows." The CEO has claimed that following his public statements on the 2020 election he has lost retailers and been the victim of "cancel culture."
Dominion is also suing Fox News for $1.6 billion, accusing the network of falsely reporting election fraud claims after being shown evidence that disproved the accusations leveled against the company.