MyPillow, which is already being sued by Dominion Voting Systems , has filed a federal lawsuit against the voting machine company.
Dominion filed a $1.3 billion defamation suit against Chaska-based MyPillow and its founder Mike Lindell earlier this year, alleging Lindell knowingly spread false claims about the voting system in order to sell more pillows.
But now, MyPillow has filed a $1.6 billion lawsuit against Dominion, claiming it's doing so to protect free speech and rectify the harms MyPillow has suffered from Dominion's attacks against it.
The pillow maker filed the lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in Minnesota on the same day Lindell tried to launch his own social media platform Frank (he'd been kicked off Twitter for spreading misinformation, and the launch of the platform had some technical difficulties).
MyPillow's lawsuit alleges Lindell, a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump, was not representing MyPillow when he spoke about election fraud in the 2020 election, and MyPillow didn't make any statements about Dominion.
"Dominion sued him [Lindell] baselessly alleging defamation and seeking a headline-grabbing, fictitious $1.3 billion in damages," the lawsuit claims, adding that Dominion's "true purpose" is to "silence anyone else who might speak out on election fraud."
In addition to filing lawsuits against Lindell and MyPillow, Dominion filed defamation suits against Fox News, Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell in recent months. Other voting systems have also filed similar lawsuits after claims the election was "stolen" from Trump despite not providing evidence to support the claim.
The lawsuit alleges Dominion is a contractor for U.S. elections so it's a "governmental actor" and suppressed free speech and other constitutional rights while also harming MyPillow's business relationships.
"Fearing retribution in the marketplace, many of MyPillow's commercial suppliers and buyers have as a direct result of Dominion's crusade terminated longstanding relationships with MyPillow which were projected to grow," the suit claims.
In a live stream on Monday, Lindell said the main reason for MyPillow's lawsuit is not money, but First Amendment rights, Business Insider says.
Lindell's legal team says it plans to file a motion on Monday to dismiss Dominion's lawsuit, the Star Tribune reports.