Dominion Voting Systems hit MyPillow Chief Executive Officer Mike Lindell with a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit Monday, claiming he defamed the corporate with false accusations that it had rigged the 2020 election for Joe Biden.
Dominion, one of many largest makers of voting machines within the U.S., accuses the distinguished supporter of former President Donald Trump of repeatedly echoing the “big lie” about election fraud in an effort to spice up his enterprise, regardless of realizing that no such fraud had occurred.
The grievance, filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, says Lindell “sells the lie to this day because the lie sells pillows.”
It claims that Lindell elevated gross sales as a lot as 40% by repeating the false claims on conservative media whereas pitching promotional codes for his merchandise like “FightForTrump,” “45,” and “QAnon.”
Reached by The Washington Post Monday morning, Lindell mentioned he was “very happy to hear” that Dominion has sued him.
“Now I can get to the evidence faster. It’s going to be amazing,” he mentioned. He added that he plans to proceed releasing “more movies, more documentaries” about alleged election fraud.
The go well with is the most recent in a sequence of multibillion-dollar courtroom actions taken by voting machine firms in opposition to high-profile supporters of Donald Trump, together with Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, claiming they unfold disinformation about voter fraud.
Newsmax obtained a letter from Dominion in late December threatening litigation.
While Newsmax coated and reported on allegations made by President Trump and his attorneys, it by no means claimed such allegations had been true. Newsmax revealed and aired a number of tales and reviews sharing Dominion’s response to the President’s allegations.
To additional make clear its place, and earlier than any authorized motion was threatened in opposition to it, Newsmax said that it had had found no evidence that Dominion manipulated voting software program through the 2020 election.
Dominion mentioned it warned Lindell in a number of letters in December and January to cease making the accusations in regards to the firm or a face a doable defamation go well with.
“Despite repeated warnings and efforts to share the facts with him, Mr. Lindell has continued to maliciously spread false claims about Dominion, each time giving empty assurances that he would come forward with overwhelming proof,” Dominion CEO John Poulos mentioned in a press release. “These claims have caused irreparable harm to Dominion’s good reputation and threatened the safety of our employees and customers.”
Lindell has paid a big worth for his activism on behalf of Trump’s election contest, with greater than a dozen retailers asserting they had been not providing MyPillow merchandise on the market.
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