Feb 22, 2024 - Politics & Policy

MyPillow CEO ordered to pay $5M to man who proved him wrong on 2020 election

Mike Lindell, wearing a dark suit and red and blue tie with a cross pin, smiles. In the foreground, a man wears a cowboy hat.

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell greets guests before a speech by former President Trump in June 2023 in Bedminster, N.J. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell was ordered by a judge to pay a man the $5 million reward he promised at a "Prove Mike Wrong Challenge" about the 2020 election.

The big picture: Lindell is one of several former President Trump-aligned election deniers who have faced legal consequences over baseless conspiracy theories or involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection.

  • Lindell hosted a "cyber symposium" in 2021, challenging attendees to prove that data he provided "unequivocally does NOT reflect information related to the November 2020 election," the ruling said.
  • Robert Zeidman, a Republican who voted for Trump, has testified that the files he was given as part of the challenge "seemed to be random numbers and letters," per the Washington Post.

Driving the news: A federal judge in Minnesota ordered Wednesday that the arbitration award, plus interest beginning in April 2023 be paid within 30 days.

  • Zeidman "presented a 15-page report explaining that each file he received lacked packet capture data," which shows data extracted in real time from the internet, the ruling said.
  • His efforts spanned years and included an arbitration panel. The court weighed in on the panel's findings.

Zoom out: Lindell has been in court before for claims about the 2020 election. Notably, Dominion Voting Systems filed a $1.3 billion lawsuit against Lindell in 2021.

  • In October, attorneys representing Lindell sought to cut ties because he owed them millions of dollars, The Hill reported. Lindell confirmed at the time that he is out of money.

Go deeper: "MyPillow guy" Mike Lindell hasn't paid Fox News bill since August

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