MyPillow founder Mike Lindell ordered to pay $5 million in election data dispute: NPR

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell speaks to reporters at the Republican National Committee Winter Meeting in Dana Point, Calif., Friday, Jan. 27, 2023.

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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell speaks to reporters at the Republican National Committee Winter Meeting in Dana Point, Calif., Friday, Jan. 27, 2023.

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ST PAUL, Minn. — A jury has ordered MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell to pay a software engineer $5 million for breach of contract in a dispute over data Lindell claims China meddled in the 2020 U.S. election and informed Joe of its results. Biden.

But Lindell told The Associated Press on Thursday that he has no intention of paying and that he expects the dispute to play out in court.

Lindell, a prominent promoter of false claims that voting machines were manipulated to steal the 2020 presidential election, launched his “Prove Mike False Challenge” as part of a “Cyber ​​Symposium” he hosted in South Falls, South Dakota in August 2021. To further pursue his theories. Lindell, through one of his companies, offered a $5 million reward to anyone who could prove the “packet captures” and other data he posted there were invalid “from the November 2020 election.”

Robert Zeidman entered the challenge with a 15-page report in which he concluded Lindel’s data “does not contain any packet data and does not contain any information relevant to the November 2020 election.” A panel of competition judges, which included attorney Lindel, refused to declare Zeitman the winner. Zeitman therefore applied for arbitration under the Competition Rules.

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Three jurors on Wednesday ordered Zeidman to pay Lindel $5 million after testifying in Minneapolis in January.

“He demonstrated that data provided by Lindell LLC, and represented information that reflected information from the November 2020 election, did not unquestionably reflect November 2020 election data,” the arbitrators wrote. “Mr. Seidman’s failure to deliver the $5 million award entitled him to recovery for breach of contract.”

The arbitrators ordered Lindell to pay within 30 days.

“They saw this clearly, as I did — the data we were given at the symposium, not what Mr. Lindel said,” Zeitman said in a statement Thursday. “The truth is finally out.”

Zeitman attorney Brian Glasser said the jury’s verdict was “another important moment in the ongoing demonstration that the 2020 election is legitimate and valid” and that Lindel’s claims about the validity of his data were “conclusively rejected.”

Lindell denied that and said he intends to release more data in the coming weeks or months that would prove his claims about Chinese interference in the 2020 elections and confirm what he has previously released.

“It will end up in court,” Lindel said. “I’m not going to give anything away. … He didn’t prove anything.”

Lindell is already the subject of a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit filed in the District of Columbia by Dominion Voting Systems, which claims Lindell falsely accused the company of rigging the 2020 presidential election. He was also the target of a separate defamation suit in Minnesota by a different voting machine company, Smartmatic.

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Lindel said it was strange that the jury’s ruling came a day after Dominion settled a defamation lawsuit against Fox News for nearly $800 million. He suggested that this was all an attempt to end his fight against electronic voting machines.

“I will spend everything I have to save the country I love,” Lindel said.

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