PORTLAND — Maine’s highest court has scheduled a hearing date for the Maine Democratic Party’s appeal of a judge’s denial of its motion seeking dismissal of former independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader’s lawsuit against the party and allied organizations.

A Maine judge last September denied a motion to dismiss a 2009 lawsuit against the Maine  Democratic Party, the Democratic National Committee and other groups. The ruling allowed the lawsuit, filed by Nader and his 2004 Maine electors, to proceed to trial.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Court will hear oral arguments on the appeal April 10.

Nader’s lawsuit claims the Democratic party and others used illegal and malicious tactics to try to keep him off the ballot in Maine and more than a dozen other states in his run for president in 2004.

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