CEO 'happy' to face $1.3 billion lawsuit
Dominion Voting Systems, the company at the centre of several debunked US election conspiracy theories, has announced it is suing businessman Mike Lindell for a whopping sum of $US1.3 billion.
Mr Lindell, CEO of the company MyPillow, is a prominent supporter of former president Donald Trump. He has spent months repeating Mr Trump's false claims that the election was stolen from him, and has spread the baseless theory that Dominion's voting machines switched ballots cast for Mr Trump to support Joe Biden instead.
He also acted as an informal adviser to Mr Trump in the post-election period.
On January 15, shortly before the former president left office, Mr Lindell was spotted waiting for a meeting with Mr Trump outside the West Wing.
His notes, captured by news photographers, contained a call to "invoke martial law if necessary" in an effort to overturn Mr Biden's victory.
Earlier this month, Mr Lindell produced a "documentary" named Absolute Proof, which laid out his allegations about the election. YouTube removed the film from its platform, saying it violated its policy against advancing false information.
Dominion was already suing Mr Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, for the same sum, along with conspiracy theorist lawyer Sidney Powell.
"I'm very happy that they've done this," Mr Lindell told The New York Times today.
"I'm ready to go to court. I have all the evidence that anyone would ever want to see."
Last month Mr Lindell said he would "welcome" a lawsuit.
Dominion is suing him for defamation. In court filings, it accuses the "talented" pillow salesman of knowingly using the "Big Lie" of a stolen election to boost his business.
"Lindell knew there was no real 'evidence' supporting his claims. And he is well aware of the independent audits and paper ballot recounts conclusively disproving the Big Lie. But Lindell - a talented salesman and former professional card counter - sells the lie to this day because the lie sells pillows," it says.
"MyPillow's defamatory marketing campaign - with promo codes like 'FightforTrump', '45', 'Proof' and 'QAnon' - has increased MyPillow sales by 30-40 per cent and continues duping people into redirecting their election lie outrage into pillow purchases."
The company's lawyers note that Mr Lindell's claims about its electronic voting systems switching votes are contradicted by the paper ballot recounts conducted in the aftermath of the election, particularly in Georgia.
"If the vote tallies in Dominion machines had been manipulated, the machine tallies would not match the number of votes on the paper ballots. In fact, they do match, as independent audits and hand recounts have repeatedly proven," say the court documents.
"The contrary 'evidence' put forward by Lindell's allies - including Sidney Powell, Lin Wood and others - was deliberately misrepresented, manufactured, cherry-picked, and sources from con artists and conspiracy theorists who were judicially determined to be 'wholly unreliable'.
"Lindell knows all of this because Dominion wrote to him multiple times, put him on formal written notice of the facts, and told him that Dominion employees were receiving death threats because of the lies.
"Instead of retracting his lies, Lindell - a multimillionaire with a nearly unlimited ability to broadcast his preferred messages on conservative media - whined that he was being 'censored' and 'attacked' and produced a 'docu-movie' featuring shady characters and fake documents sourced from dark corners of the internet.
"Dominion brings this action to vindicate the company's rights, to recover damages, to seek a narrowly tailored injunction, to stand up for itself and its employees, and to stop Lindell and MyPillow from further profiting at Dominion's expense."
You can read the full court filing here.
Mr Lindell's defiant reaction to the lawsuit echoes that of Mr Giuliani late last month. Mr Trump's lawyer branded the case against him an "act of intimidation", but welcomed the chance to conduct discovery on Dominion.
"Dominion's defamation lawsuit for $1.3 billion will allow me to investigate their history, finances, and practices fully and completely," he said.
"The amount being asked for is, quite obviously, intended to frighten people of faint heart. It is another act of intimidation by the hate-filled left-wing to wipe out and censor the exercise of free speech, as well as the ability of lawyers to defend their clients vigorously.
"As such, we will investigate a countersuit against them for violating these constitutional rights."
Originally published as CEO 'happy' to face $1.3 billion lawsuit