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Supreme Court shuns case against Dominion and Facebook

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 12/6/2022 Ryan King
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The Supreme Court opted against taking up a case Monday against Dominion Voting Systems and Facebook from voters accusing the companies of interfering in the 2020 election.

Lower courts previously spurned the case claiming plaintiffs lacked standing, which prompted a petition in September for a writ of certiorari or review from the high court of their petition. Now that the Supreme Court has rejected it, the case is essentially dismissed.

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Lead plaintiff Kevin O’Rourke helped bring forward the case in a group of eight people hailing from five different states. Notably, one of the seven did not vote in the 2020 election, Law and Crime reported. The lawyer, Ernest Walker, had hoped in the writ of certiorari request that an amended version of the complaint could win over the high court.

Echoing dubious claims peddled by allies of former President Donald Trump, the petitioners contended that the companies either pushed for adjustments to election laws "without legislative approval" or worked to "alter votes through an illegitimate adjudication process."

Dominion, which sells voting technology, has become a hotbed for heavily disputed accusations that it tampered with the 2020 election in favor of President Joe Biden — a notion the company has vehemently denied.

Reeling from the onslaught of criticisms, the company has filed billion-dollar defamation lawsuits against Fox News, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, lawyer Sidney Powell, and others.

Meanwhile, Facebook has faced scrutiny for its election activities, including Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg's donations to a group that assisted municipalities in adjusting their election procedures to the pandemic.

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Last year, a federal judge in Colorado tossed out the case after concluding the group showed "no particularized injury traceable to the conduct of Defendants," per CNN.

The Supreme Court did not lay out a rationale for its decision not to take up the case.

 

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