MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dominion Voting Techniques filed a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit Monday in opposition to the founder and CEO of Minnesota-based MyPillow, saying that Mike Lindell falsely accused the corporate of rigging the 2020 presidential election.
The lawsuit filed in federal court docket within the District of Columbia alleges that Lindell ignored repeated warnings from Dominion, a voting know-how firm that has filed comparable lawsuits in opposition to Donald Trump legal professionals Rudolph Giuliani and Sidney Powell.
Dominion accuses Lindell of repeatedly telling what the lawsuit labels the “Large Lie” that the corporate used its know-how to steal the election from Trump.
“No sum of money can restore the harm that’s been finished by these lies, that are simply disproved. A whole bunch of documented audits and recounts have confirmed that Dominion machines precisely counted votes. We look ahead to proving these info in a court docket of legislation,” the lawsuit says.
Lindell, generally known as the “MyPillow Man” from his TV commercials, informed The Related Press that he welcomed the lawsuit and mentioned the invention course of will show him proper.
“It’s an excellent day. I’ve been wanting ahead to them lastly suing,” mentioned Lindell, who went to the White Home to advertise his theories within the last days of the Trump administration.
There was no widespread fraud within the election, which a spread of election officers throughout the nation together with Trump’s former legal professional basic, William Barr, have confirmed. Republican governors in Arizona and Georgia, key battleground states essential to President Joe Biden’s victory, additionally vouched for the integrity of the elections of their states. Practically all of the authorized challenges from Trump and his allies have been dismissed by judges, together with two tossed by the Supreme Courtroom, which incorporates three Trump-nominated justices.
Lindell took umbrage at being repeatedly accused within the lawsuit of telling the “Large Lie” — noting that the expression was coined by Adolf Hitler. “The Large Lie right here is the massive lie,” Lindell mentioned. “They’re the massive lie.”
Lindell stood by a protracted video amplifying his claims that he launched Feb. 5 and mentioned he lately posted a 20-minute model.
That is the third defamation lawsuit that Dominion has filed in opposition to its accusers. At a information convention, Dominion CEO John Poulos mentioned “it’s under no circumstances the final.” He mentioned the corporate was additionally wanting on the actions of varied information organizations within the aftermath of the election.
Poulos and Dominion lawyer Megan Meier alleged that Lindell didn’t actually imagine that the election was stolen from Trump.
“He knew that mendacity about Trump’s loss could be good for MyPillow’s backside line,” Meier mentioned.
They disputed Lindell’s claims that he has misplaced cash for standing by his claims, and mentioned they appeared ahead to inspecting MyPillow’s funds as a part of the authorized proceedings.
“MyPillow’s defamatory advertising marketing campaign — with promo codes like `FightforTrump,′ ‘45,’ ‘Proof’ and ‘QAnon’— has elevated MyPillow gross sales by 30-40% and continues duping individuals into redirecting their election-lie outrage into pillow purchases,” the lawsuit alleges.
Lindell mentioned MyPillow did get a quick surge in gross sales. However he mentioned greater than 20 retailers have now dropped his merchandise, together with Mattress Tub & Past and Kohl’s, and famous that Twitter completely banned him and MyPillow.
“I’d like to go to court docket tomorrow with Dominion,” Lindell mentioned.
Related Press media author David Bauder reported from New York.