The CEO of My Pillow was ordered to pay $5 million to a Donald Trump constituent who debunked his false claims of fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
Mike Lindell, founder of the American pillow maker and prominent voter non-voter, offered to pay the multimillion-dollar sum to anyone who could prove the data he had on Chinese interference was not from the 2020 election.
Lindell set out his “Prove Mike Wrong” challenge ahead of a “cyber symposium” in 2021.
On Wednesday, an arbitration panel awarded software developer Robert Zeidman, who voted for Trump, the $5 million he sued Lindell over.
“Based on the foregoing analysis, Mr. Zeidman has fulfilled the contract,” the panel said in its decision, reported Thursday by CNN.
“He has demonstrated that the data provided by Lindell LLC and the information reflected is representative of the November 2020 election, which clearly does not reflect the November 2020 election data.
“Failure to pay Mr. Zeidman the estimated $5 million was a breach of contract that entitled him to recovery.”
Lindell had claimed certain data showed voting machine fraud and China meddled in the 2020 elections in several states. The panel’s decision is another blow to Lindell’s credibility.
“The lawsuit and ruling mark another important moment in the ongoing proof that the 2020 election was lawful and valid, and the role of cybersecurity in ensuring that integrity,” said Zeidman’s attorney, Brian Glasser. “Lindell’s claim of having the 2020 election dates has been definitively debunked.”
Zeidman called the panel’s decision “great,” saying, “I knew from the start I was going to win.”
“This was obviously fake data,” Zeidman told CNBC, adding that the data supported by Lindell was part of a “scam among right-wingers” arguing Trump won the election.
Zeidman added, “I’m a right-wing conservative,” and said he voted for Trump in the 2016 and 2020 elections.
Lindell told CNN that “this is going to end up in court” and said electronic voting machines must be phased out.
It’s not clear if Zeidman can collect the $5 million. Lindell, who is fighting other defamation lawsuits, recently said his company has borrowed nearly $10 million.
“I don’t expect to see the money,” Zeidman said, adding that “Lindell has bigger problems with the Dominion case.”
Lindell is facing a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems, which on Tuesday settled a $787 billion settlement with Fox News over the network’s reporting of Trump’s false allegations of voter fraud.
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