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Regulation agency breaches accomplice for submitting “with out agency approval” MyPillow Man lawsuit

When Lindell filed the lawsuit, he was allegedly represented by Alec Beck, a partner in the Minneapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg. But on Friday Barnes & Thornburg made a very loud and very public withdrawal from the case.

Becks page on the Barnes & Thornburg website was no longer functional at the time of publication, though shows that it was still in progress when the lawsuit was filed.

In one Statement by the firm: “Yesterday evening, the company's management became aware of the filing of the complaint, which was made without the firm's approval as part of the company's internal approval process. Although the law firm cannot comment in substance on pending matters, the law firm must immediately take the necessary steps to withdraw as a local attorney in this matter and to terminate the mandate. The lawyer who represents the client in this matter is no longer active in the firm. "

Cliff Notes Version: Beck filed this lawsuit without permission and was told that he would have to choose between his place in the law firm and the MyPillow Guy. He apparently chose the MyPillow Guy.

Owen Barcala, a New Mexico attorney, took to Twitter to explain how serious this is.


Non-lawyers can't understand how strange this is. Partners in large law firms do not take significant cases like this without authorization – it can damage the business, damage the law firm, and create reputations for the other partners (as you can already see from the reaction)

– Owen Barcala (@obarcala) June 4, 2021

Beck, it seems, is content to be alone.


Alec Beck didn't want a minor act like a firing to deter him from supporting a frivolous lawsuit – he now appears as Alec Beck, attorney

– Owen Barcala (@obarcala) June 4, 2021

It's hard to blame the people in both the Minneapolis office and the Indianapolis headquarters for walking in that suit the first time they saw their company's name. Remember, we've seen lawyers for Trump and his followers publicly and loudly reprimanded by judges for the sheer baselessness of their claims – and some even threatened attorneys with sanctions for failure to act in good faith.

The only question at this point is how soon Beck himself will suffer a similar accusation – and how many sanctions he and the MyPillow Guy will have to spit out. After all, as Reuters' Brad Heath noted, this appears to be the definition of a frivolous lawsuit.


Lindell's evidence that the 2020 elections were rigged seems almost entirely to consist of a suggestion to watch a video he recently posted online in which he interviewed an anonymous "hacker".

– Brad Heath (@bradheath) June 4, 2021

With such submissions, judges look for synonyms for “absurd” and “frivolous” in their thesauruses.

Pass on the popcorn.

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