MyPillow sued Dominion Voting Systems on April 19 for $1.6 billion, asserting that the election technology company unlawfully interfered with the free speech rights of CEO Mike Lindell.
Attorneys for MyPillow claim that Dominion has engaged in bullying of Lindell, a strong supporter of former President Donald Trump, over his attempts to speak out about allegations of fraud in the 2020 presidential election. In February, Dominion sued Lindell and his company for defamation, seeking $1.3 billion.
“Defendants’ illegal campaign to punish and silence their critics violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment as applied to the states and their political subdivisions and agents under the Fourteenth Amendment and 42 U.S.C. Section 1983.”
The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Minnesota.
Lindell, in a live stream on his new Frank Speech website on April 19, called the matter “the most important case in history for your First Amendment rights”
Dominion legal counsel Stephen Shackelford told The Epoch Times via email, “This is a meritless retaliatory lawsuit, filed by MyPillow to try to distract from the harm it caused to Dominion.”
Dominion makes election machines and related products. Its items are used in 28 states and Puerto Rico, according to the company.
It sent letters to dozens of other individuals and companies, threatening lawsuits if certain conditions weren’t met.
A number of companies issued statements after receipt of the letter.
The site apologized for publishing the stories.
Both Dominion and MyPillow assert they lost business because of the respective lawsuits, and are asking for damages as a result.