Friday, February 26, 2021

Voting machine firm sues My Pillow and its pro-Trump chief

By Jan Wolfe

Feb 22 (Reuters) – Dominion Voting Programs Inc on Mondayfiled a defamation lawsuit towards businessman Mike Lindell,chief govt of My Pillow Inc, for spreading false conspiracytheories that Dominion’s machines rigged November’s presidentialelection.

The Denver-based firm filed the case in federal court docket inWashington, in search of $1.three billion in damages. Chaska,Minnesota-based My Pillow is called as a co-defendant in thelawsuit.

Dominion beforehand filed comparable lawsuits towards RudyGiuliani and Sidney Powell, two legal professionals that promoted formerPresident Donald Trump’s baseless claims of widespread electionfraud.

“Performing in live performance with allies and media shops that weredetermined to curry favor with certainly one of their largest sponsors andto promote a false preconceived narrative in regards to the 2020election, Lindell launched a defamatory advertising marketing campaign aboutDominion that reached thousands and thousands of individuals and triggered enormousharm to Dominion,” Dominion’s legal professionals mentioned within the lawsuit.

A My Pillow consultant didn’t instantly reply to anemail in search of touch upon the lawsuit.

Lindell, a religious supporter of Trump, financed post-electionprotest actions in a bid to overturn President Joe Biden’svictory.

Lindell used his private Twitter account, which had nearlyhalf 1,000,000 followers earlier than being suspended, and thecompany’s account to unfold unsubstantiated claims of widespreadvoter fraud within the presidential election.

The founder and chief govt officer of the My Pillowcompany, Lindell’s political commentary and commercials are aregular fixture on conservative media.

A self-described former cocaine addict and alcoholic whosays he discovered sobriety by Christianity, Lindell helpedsponsor a two-week March for Trump bus tour that ended inWashington on Dec. 14 and spoke at 5 stops.(Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Enhancing by Noeleen Walder and AlistairBell)

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