Dominion Voting Systems sues MyPillow Guy for USD1.3 billion

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dominion Voting Systems filed a USD1.3 billion defamation lawsuit on Monday against the founder and CEO of Minnesota-based MyPillow, saying that Mike Lindell falsely accused the company of rigging the 2020 presidential 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 accuses Lindell of repeatedly telling what the lawsuit labels the Big Lie that the company used its technology to steal the election from Trump.

“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 said.

Lindell, known as the “MyPillow Guy” from his TV commercials, told The Associated Press (AP) that he welcomed the lawsuit and said the discovery process will prove him right. “It’s a very good day. I’ve been looking forward to them finally suing,” said Lindell, who went to the White House to promote his theories in the final days of the Trump administration.

There was no widespread fraud in the election, which a range of election officials across the country including Trump’s former attorney general William Barr have confirmed.

Republican governors in Arizona and Georgia, key battleground states crucial to United States (US) President Joe Biden’s victory, also vouched for the integrity of the elections in their states. Nearly all the legal challenges from Trump and his allies were dismissed by judges, including two tossed by the Supreme Court, which includes three Trump-nominated justices.

Lindell took umbrage at being repeatedly accused in the lawsuit of telling the “Big Lie”.

“The Big Lie here is the big lie,” Lindell said. “They’re the big lie.” Lindell stood by a long video amplifying his claims that he released on February 5 and said he recently posted a 20-minute version.

This is the third defamation lawsuit that Dominion has filed against its accusers. At a news conference, Dominion CEO John Poulos said “it is by no means the last”. He said the company was also looking at the actions of various news organisations in the aftermath of the election.

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. PHOTO: AP