MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has been ordered to pay $5 million to a software engineer who disproved that data he presented showed fraud in the November 2020 election.

Lindell assembled a “cyber symposium” in South Dakota in 2021 that was designed to show off the data he claimed demonstrated Chinese interference in the U.S. 2020 elections. To draw further media attention, he promised to give $5 million to anyone who could prove his data was unrelated to the 2020 election.


Robert Zeidman took up the challenge and delivered a 15-page report that concluded that Lindell’s data did not “contain packet data of any kind and do not contain any information related to the November 2020 election.” A panel of judges refused to declare Zeidman a winner, leading him to file a lawsuit.


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The arbitration panel awarded Zeidman the $5 million on Wednesday, writing, “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 arbitrators ordered Lindell to pay within 30 days.

Lindell said he would not pay Zeidman, leaving the case to go to court.

Lindell is already the target of a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems that says the executive falsely accused the company of rigging the 2020 presidential election.

He recently told former Trump official and right-wing podcaster Steve Bannon that he took out nearly $10 million in loans to fight against the defamation suits.

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