Attorneys representing Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow and a well-known conspiracy theorist, have requested to withdraw from a defamation lawsuit brought against Lindell and his company by Dominion Voting Systems. The law firm, Minnesota-based Parker Daniels Kibort, cited unpaid legal fees as the reason for their withdrawal. According to court filings, Lindell and MyPillow have not paid the firm for its work on the case and are unable to pay future fees and costs. The filing stated that Lindell and MyPillow informed the law firm that they are unable to make any payment on the large amount they owe in arrears or cover the estimated expenses of continuing to defend against the lawsuits going forward.
In an interview with CNN, Lindell admitted that he has not paid the attorneys for the last two or three months and expressed uncertainty about who would represent him in the case going forward. However, Lindell made it clear that he has no intention of settling with Dominion or Smartmatic, another election technology company suing him for defamation. Dominion sued MyPillow and Lindell in 2021 for $1.3 billion over his repeated allegations that Dominion rigged its machines to favor Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
Lindell’s company, MyPillow, a prolific advertiser on Fox News, has been severely impacted financially due to Dominion’s lawsuit and the promotion of false election conspiracy theories. The company is reportedly unable to pay its legal bills. Lindell and MyPillow were notified of their attorneys’ intent to withdraw on Thursday and have stated that they will not oppose the move, acknowledging the lack of funds as the reason for the withdrawal.
The court must grant the attorneys’ motion to withdraw before they can officially drop Lindell and MyPillow as clients. Dominion, the plaintiff in the lawsuit, did not take a position regarding the motion at the time it was filed. As of now, Dominion has not responded to CNN’s request for comment.
During an appearance on Steve Bannon’s “War Room” program, Lindell attributed his financial troubles to the “attacks on MyPillow” which he claimed had been devastating to the company’s credit. He expressed his inability to pay the lawyers, stating that there is no money left to pay them and expressing uncertainty about the future.
The withdrawal of Lindell’s attorneys adds another twist to the ongoing legal battles between Lindell, MyPillow, and Dominion Voting Systems. The outcome of this case will have significant implications for the parties involved and may shape future defamation lawsuits related to the 2020 election.
Original Story at www.cnn.com – 2023-10-05 20:55:00