Smartmatic, a voting machine company, filed a defamation lawsuit against MyPillow’s CEO Mike Lindell on Tuesday, accusing them of spreading false conspiracy theories about election fraud involving the company’s machines. This is the latest in a series of defamation suits filed by Smartmatic and rival Dominion Voting Systems to counter the false claims.
Smartmatic filed a defamation and deceptive trade tactics lawsuit against Lindell and MyPillow in federal court, stating that the CEO “actively fueled the embers of xenophobia and party-divide for the noble goal of selling his pillows.”
Lindell willfully distributed “lies” about Smartmatic’s machines being used to sway votes in the 2020 election, according to Smartmatic, “because he wants to be viewed as a champion of a deceptive narrative that still sells.”
There is no indication of widespread fraud employing Smartmatic’s machines, which were only used in the 2020 election in Los Angeles County, California.
Smartmatic said that as a result of Lindell’s accusations, the business’s worth has dropped from “in excess of $3.0 billion” before the 2020 election to less than $1 billion presently (Forbes assessed Smartmatic’s 2020 sales at $730 million, which the company denies).
Smartmatic is seeking unspecified monetary damages and attorneys’ expenses, as well as an injunction requiring Lindell and MyPillow to “fully and completely repudiate their fraudulent representations and implications.”
A request for a response from Lindell’s lawyer has yet to be answered.
“I’m as crazy as a fox.” Mike Lindell “understands exactly what he’s doing, and it’s harmful,” according to the lawsuit. “The country will rest easier at night knowing that persons like Mr. Lindell are held accountable for distributing false information that deceives and damages others.”
Despite the lawsuits brought against him, Lindell has refused to back down from his baseless claims of widespread election fraud, filing a lawsuit in June against Dominion and Smartmatic, accusing the companies of “weaponizing the litigation process to silence political dissent and suppress evidence” of fraud.