MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- Dominion Voting Systems has filed a lawsuit against MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell over his election fraud claims.
In the lawsuit, Dominion alleges defamation and deceptive trade practices by Lindell and is seeking over $1.3 billion in both compensatory damages and punitive damages.
Dominion alleges that Lindell knew there was no evidence supporting his false claims about the election, but used the lie to sell pillows.
"Instead of retracting his lies, Lindell — a multimillionaire with a nearly unlimited ability to broadcast his preferred messages on conservative media — whined that he was being 'censored' and 'attacked' and produced a 'docu-movie' featuring shady characters and fake documents sourced from dark corners of the internet," the lawsuit said.
WCCO's Esme Murphy reports that Lindell said he is "very happy" that he is being sued by Dominion, saying that the truth will come out. Lindell previously said he'd welcome a lawsuit from Dominion, saying it would allow him to show the world that the presidential election was rigged.
"I want them to sue me. Please. Because I have all the evidence, 100%. I want all the American people and the world to see the horrific things that these (Dominion voting) machines are capable of and what they did to our country and what — they're allowing other countries to steal our election and just to hijack our election," Lindell said to CBS News in January.
Dominion sent legal letters to Lindell in December and early January over his false and conspiratorial claims about the machines being "rigged" or influencing the results of the U.S. Presidential election.
Lindell, whose company is headquartered in Chaska, has recently seen his products dropped by several major retailers due to his persistent support of conspiracy theories involving the presidential election, which he claims was stolen from former President Donald Trump. His personal and company Twitter accounts have also been suspended.
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