Panel rules Mike Lindell must pay $5 million to software expert after losing ‘Prove Mike Wrong’ challenge

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has been ordered by an arbitration panel to pay $5 million to a software developer who took him up on a challenge and debunked his claims of mass voter fraud in the 2020 election.

The American Arbitration Association’s commercial arbitration tribunal ruled last April that Lindell had to pay Robert Zeidman the money, but Lindell challenged the ruling. According to a document filed Wednesday shared by HuffPost, the panel upheld the decision.

During a so-called “cyber symposium” hosted by Lindell in South Dakota back in 2021, he announced a “Prove Mike Wrong Challenge” where anyone who could prove his data was unrelated to the 2020 election could win a multimillion dollar jackpot.

That’s when Zeidman stepped up, agreed to the challenge’s contractual terms and found Lindell’s data to be bogus.

“Based on the foregoing analysis, Mr. Zeidman performed under the contract,” the arbitration panel wrote in its decision back in April. “He proved the data Lindell LLC provided, and represented reflected information from the November 2020 election, unequivocally did not reflect November 2020 election data. Failure to pay Mr. Zeidman the $5 million prized was a breach of the contract, entitling him to recover.”

“The Contest did not require participants to disprove election interference. Thus, the contestants’ task was to prove the data presented to them was not valid data from the November 2020 election,” the arbitration panel wrote.

“The Panel was not asked to decide whether China interfered in the 2020 election. Nor was the Panel asked to decide whether Lindell LLC possessed data that proved such interference, or even whether Lindell LLC had election data in its possession,” according to the arbitration panel. “The focus of the decision is on the 11 files provided to Mr. Zeidman in the context of the Contest rules.”

Zeidman’s attorney, Brian Glasser, told HuffPost that he and Zeidman are pleased with the ruling.

“We are thrilled by this decision and look forward to beginning collection efforts if payment is not promptly forthcoming,” Glasser wrote. “This decision gives us that collection power.”

Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.