Judge orders Mike Lindell to pay millions after reportedly losing his own challenge

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell is being ordered to pay up after losing his 2021 “Prove Mike Wrong” challenge.

Lindell has 30 days to pay the $5 million to the plaintiff in the arbitration case, Robert Zeidman.

“In 2021, MyPillow founder Mike Lindell offered $5 million to anyone who could disprove his claim that he had data showing voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election,” The Washington Post reported. “Now, he must pay a 64-year-old from Nevada that award, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.”

According to the ruling by U.S. District Judge John R. Tunheim, Zeidman “is awarded $5 million plus post-judgment interest beginning April 19, 2023, to be paid within 30 days of issuance of this Order, per the Arbitration Award.”

Lindell “claimed to have data showing Chinese interference in the 2020 race. If someone could ‘Prove Mike Wrong,’ as the challenge was called, and show the data was unrelated to the election, they would get the payout, Lindell said ahead of an August 2021 “cyber symposium” held in South Dakota where contestants would review the files,” The Washington Post reported.

“Robert Zeidman, a computer forensics expert who voted for Trump twice, did just that, a federal judge in Minnesota determined Wednesday, upholding a previous ruling from a private arbitration panel. Zeidman is owed the $5 million payout plus interest, Judge John Tunheim wrote in his Wednesday ruling. The decision is the latest development in a years-long effort to claim the prize, after Zeidman found that the data was not related to the 2020 election,” WaPo continued.

Zeidman said he felt “a little more optimistic” about receiving money after Wednesday’s ruling.

“I still think chances are probably small that I’ll see it,” he said. “But again, I wish people would get the lesson that it’s okay to challenge your own beliefs.”

While Lindell told NBC News he will likely appeal the decision in the “corrupt” case, Zeidman’s attorney Brian Glasser noted the money will still need to be paid up.

“If you want to stop the collection effort you have to post a bond,” he said, adding that if Lindell does not follow through, “we have the right to use collection mechanisms to try to find the money.”

Lindell explained to NBC News in a phone interview “that Lindell Management LLC is the company that put on the event, not him personally, and that he’s strapped for cash.”

His pillow company is “doing fine,” he clarified, but told the outlet, “I don’t have any money.”

“I have a pickup truck and a house that I live in. That’s it,” he said.

Frieda Powers

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