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Dominion Voting Techniques filed a defamation lawsuit in opposition to MyPillow Inc. and its CEO Mike Lindell on Monday, saying he unfold false info that its voting machines rigged the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
Dominion filed a swimsuit in federal court docket in Washington, D.C., in search of damages in extra of $1.3 billion.
In keeping with the criticism, Lindell, an ally of former President Donald Trump, knowingly participated in spreading disinformation that Dominion’s voting techniques stole the election in favor of President Joe Biden. The corporate calls this the “Massive Lie.”
The criticism additionally alleges that MyPillow ran advertisements focused at individuals who believed the conspiracy theories in regards to the election consequence so as to revenue.
As we speak authorized representatives for #DominionVotingSystems filed a defamation criticism within the U.S. District Court docket for the District of Columbia in opposition to My Pillow and its CEO, Mike Lindell. The court docket submitting follows a number of retraction notices and warnings about authorized motion.
— Dominion Voting (@dominionvoting) February 22, 2021
“Lindell — a proficient salesman and former skilled card counter — sells the deceive at the present time as a result of the lie sells pillows. 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 folks into redirecting their election-lie outrage into pillow purchases,” the criticism mentioned.
In an interview with The Wall Road Journal, Lindell mentioned he was “very, very completely happy” to seek out out in regards to the swimsuit.
“I’ve all of the proof on them,” he instructed the Journal. “Now it will get disclosed quicker, all of the machine fraud and the assault on our nation.”
Social media large Twitter suspended Lindell from its platform final month.
He beforehand used his verified account to unfold debunked theories in regards to the election and widespread voter fraud.
The account was “completely suspended attributable to repeated violations of our Civil Integrity Coverage,” a Twitter spokesperson instructed NPR on the time. It was not clear which posts from Lindell led to his removing from the social media platform.
Dominion mentioned Lindell carried out enterprise in Washington at “related instances in the course of the defamatory advertising marketing campaign.” It mentioned MyPillow sponsored and marketed itself at rallies within the metropolis on Dec. 12, Jan. 5 and on Jan. 6, the day of the rebel on the U.S. Capitol.
Through the Dec. 12 rally particularly, the criticism said, Lindell falsely claimed “the algorithms” of voting machines broke, though vote tallies from Dominion machines have been confirmed by a further hand rely in Georgia.
Lindell mentioned in remarks that “we can not … allow them to use these machines” in final month’s Georgia Senate runoff races, in response to the criticism.
Lindell highlighted these claims in a two-hour-long video launched earlier this month. Dominion mentioned it provided to overview the movie to level out “purple flags and different apparent errors,” the lawsuit mentioned.
“Lindell purposefully averted giving Dominion a possibility to
overview [it] … earlier than broadcast, plainly as a result of he knew it was pretend,” in response to the court docket paperwork.
There is no such thing as a proof that Dominion or another voting machine firm tampered with the 2020 elections.
The corporate has additionally filed lawsuits in opposition to Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell, attorneys who labored with Trump on his post-election flurry of authorized actions, over comparable fraud claims. The corporate is in search of $1.3 billion in damages from every of them.
Learn the criticism under.