In April, MyPillow CEO and diehard Trump-supporting conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell was 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.
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 Robert 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. “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.”
Turns out, Lindell refused to pay Zeidman. Now he’s taking Lindell to court.
“Mr. Zeidman followed everything to a T,” Zeidman’s attorney Cary Joshi told Insider Friday. “He’s a meticulous guy.”
Lindell told Insider that Zeidman was part of “a big cover-up to a much bigger picture” and shouldn’t have been allowed in the contest in the first place.
“Zeidman isn’t even a cyber guy. He didn’t even have the credentials to be in the contest. This is all a sham, and we’re gonna go to court,” Lindell said, claiming that the arbitration decision was “a big sham” and “a big setup” and that his lawyers were “working on” proving it.
In a Minnesota court filing, Zeidman asked for a judgement awarding him the $5 million, which would allow Zeidman’s lawyers to collect the money from the financial institutions backing Lindell’s company. The filing asked for an additional 10 percent in annual interest money in accordance with Minnesota law.
Joshi told Insider that Lindell’s claim that Zeidman had no business being in the contest makes no sense.
“It’s just a complete misunderstanding of the facts in the case,” Joshi said. “At no point during our legal proceedings did they ever, ever challenge the idea that Mr. Zeidman didn’t fulfill whatever the prerequisites were to be able to be a part of the contest.”