This Tuesday, the voting technology company Smartmatic sued MyPillow and it CEO, pro-Trump conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell, for defamation over his fraudulent claims that the 2020 election was “stolen” from former President Donald Trump, Forbes reports.
The development is the latest in a string of lawsuits filed by voting technology companies targeting pro-Trump figures who disseminated unsubstantiated claims of mass voter fraud in the 2020 election. Smartmatic sued Lindell and his company in federal court for defamation and deceptive trade practices, alleging the he “intentionally stoked the fires of xenophobia and party-divide for the noble purpose of selling his pillows,” and knowingly spread “lies” about Smartmatic’s machines being used to switch votes in the 2020 election “because he wants to be seen as a champion of a deceptive message that still sells.”
Smartmatic claims that Lindell’s claims caused the company’s valuation to drop “in excess of $3.0 billion” before the 2020 election to less than $1 billion now. The damages Smartmatic is requesting are currently unspecified. The suit also demands that Lindell and MyPillow “retract their false statements and implications fully and completely.”
“Crazy like a fox. Mike Lindell knows exactly what he is doing, and it is dangerous,” the lawsuit alleges. “The country will sleep better at night knowing the judicial system holds people like Mr. Lindell accountable for spreading disinformation that deceives and harms others.”