Dominion Voting Systems is heading to court. The company was accused by critics of rigging the 2020 general election — and said they’re ready to prove those accusations were false in a court of law.
One of their first tests: Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow.
Dominion filed a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit Monday against the founder of the Minnesota-based pillow company, saying that Lindell falsely accused the company of stealing the election.
The lawsuit filed in federal court in the District of Columbia alleges that Lindell ignored repeated warnings from Dominion, a voting technology company that has filed similar lawsuits against Donald Trump lawyers Rudolph Giuliani and Sidney Powell.
Dominion’s lawsuit accuses Lindell of repeatedly telling what the lawsuit calls the “Big Lie” that the company rigged the election for President Joe Biden.
“No amount of money can repair the damage that’s been done by these lies, which are easily disproved. Hundreds of documented audits and recounts have proven that Dominion machines accurately counted votes. We look forward to proving these facts in a court of law,” the lawsuit says.
Lindell and MyPillow’s general counsel, Doug Wardlow, did not immediately return messages seeking comment Monday.
Lindell, known as the “MyPillow Guy” from his TV commercials, said in an interview last month that he would not let up on his claims against Dominion.
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That was before he released a documentary-style video on One America News Network explaining his explosive election fraud claims. Dominion called the documentary “cartoonish,” and said it only repeated and elaborated on his unproven claims. Lindell said he stood by the video amplifying his claims that was released on Feb. 5 and said he recently posted a 20-minute version.
“You bring it on, Dominion, because I want everybody to see,” Lindell told The Associated Press in a recent interview. He doubled-down when the lawsuit was made official.
“It’s a very good day. I’ve been looking forward to them finally suing,” he said Monday.
To date, nearly all the legal challenges from Trump and his allies have lost in court or have been dismissed by judges, including two challenges tossed by the Supreme Court.
Lindell took umbrage at being repeatedly accused in the lawsuit of telling “the Big Lie” — noting that the expression was coined by Adolf Hitler — “The Big Lie here is the big lie. They’re the big lie.”
This is the third defamation lawsuit that Dominion has filed against its accusers, following the cases against Powell and Giuliani. At a news conference Monday, John Poulos, CEO of Dominion, said “it is by no means the last.” He said the company was also looking at the actions of various news organizations in the aftermath of the election.
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Poulos and Dominion lawyer Megan Meier alleged that Lindell didn’t really believe that the election was stolen from Trump.
“He knew that lying about Trump’s loss would be good for My Pillow’s bottom line,” Meier said.
They disputed Lindell’s claims that he has lost money for standing by his claims, and said they looked forward to examining MyPillow’s finances as part of the legal proceedings.
“MyPillow’s defamatory marketing campaign — with promo codes like `FightforTrump,′ ‘45,’ ‘Proof’ and ‘QAnon’ — has increased MyPillow sales by 30-40% and continues duping people into redirecting their election-lie outrage into pillow purchases.” the lawsuit alleges.
Lindell said MyPillow did get a brief surge in sales. But he said more than 20 retailers have now dropped his products, including Bed Bath and Beyond and Kohl’s, and noted that Twitter permanently banned him and MyPillow.
“I’d love to go to court tomorrow with Dominion,” Lindell said.
The Associated Press contributed to this article