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Dominion sues Mike Lindell, MyPillow for $1.3B in defamation case

The lawsuit claims Lindell knowingly spread false claims about the voting system in order to sell more pillows.

Dominion Voting Systems has filed a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against MyPillow and founder Mike Lindell over his false claims that it rigged the 2020 election in favor of Joe Biden. 

The more than 100-page lawsuit filed Monday, Dominion Voting Systems accuses Lindell and Chaska-based My Pillow of knowingly spreading false claims about the election to boost the sales of MyPillow. 

"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 said in a statement Monday. "These claims have caused irreparable harm to Dominion’s good reputation and threatened the safety of our employees and customers. Moreover, Mr. Lindell's lies have undermined trust in American democracy and tarnished the hard work of local election officials.

"No amount of money can repair the damage that's been done by these lies, which are easily disproved," he added. "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 claims MyPillow's "defamatory marketing campaign," which included Lindell marketing pillows to supporters of Donald Trump using promo codes like “FightforTrump,” “45,” “Proof,” and “QAnon," boosted MyPillow sales by 30-40% and "continues duping people into redirecting their election-lie outrage into pillow purchases."

Related [Jan. 16]: Mike Lindell's MyPillow offering discounts using the code 'Qanon'

Bring Me The News has reached out to My Pillow for comment on the lawsuit. 

The Minnesota Reformer did speak to Lindell this morning. He told the publication he was pleased Dominion finally filed the lawsuit, saying "It's a great day for America" because the court will have to review his "evidence" of voter fraud. 

“They say that I did it to get more fame. We’ve lost 20 retailers already. We’ve lost our Twitter account. Dominion is shameful,” Lindell told the Reformer. 

Earlier this month, Twitter suspended the MyPillow account and in late January, it permanently suspended Lindell's account for spreading misinformation.

Dominion says it sent a letter to Lindell in December cautioning him about falsely accusing the voting system of rigging the election and in January it sent a cease-and-desist letter to the MyPillow CEO. 

Then on Feb. 4, Dominion says it sent another letter detailing "numerous red flags and flaws in the fake evidence that Lindell chose to feature in the video he released the next day." 

A number of conservative news outlets, including OAN, Newsmax, and Fox Business, have in recent months had to air segments debunking their own reporting on the Nov. 3 election after being threatened with libel action by voting machine companes Smartmatic and Dominion.

Dominion has also filed a defamation lawsuit against Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani for also peddling baseless claims that the voting system rigged the election, the New York Times reported

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