Court dismisses Nader suit against Democrats

The state’s highest court dismissed Thursday Ralph Nader’s lawsuit against Democrats he had accused of trying to keep him off ballots in Maine and other states during his failed presidential run in 2004. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Judicial Court affirmed a judge’s dismissal of several counts and ordered that the remaining counts of Nader’s lawsuit against the Maine Democratic Party also be dismissed. Nader, the consumer advocate who ran in 2004 as an independent, had asserted that the Democratic Party and allies orchestrated a nationwide effort against him using illegal and malicious tactics.