We have huge news breaking about Mike Lindell…
Earlier this week, we reported that Mike Lindell has filed a new bombshell lawsuit against Dominion.
Today, news just broke that the law firm that filed the suit has withdrawn from representing Lindell.
Get this: the law firm says the lawyer filed the lawsuit “without permission”.
My only question is this: do they mean without the law firm’s permission or without DOMINION’S permission? Is that who’s really calling the shots here?
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— Forbes (@Forbes) June 5, 2021
But here’s where the story gets good….the lawyer who filed that suit has left the firm.
It’s unclear if he was fired or left on his own to continue representing Mike Lindell or both.
— The Hill (@thehill) June 5, 2021
Law & Crime confirms the lawyer, Alec Beck, will continue to represent Lindell:
Alec J. Beck, the Minneapolis attorney who on Thursday signed election conspiracy theorist and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s lawsuit against Dominion, Smartmatic, and affiliated voting technology companies, on Friday suddenly and summarily parted ways with his now-former law firm. But his co-counsel in the Lindell case tells Law&Crime that Beck will remain on as an integral part of the Lindell litigation team.
Beck until Friday worked as a partner for the law firm Barnes & Thornburg LLP, which employs more than 600 attorneys in 20 offices around the country.
“Late last night, firm management became aware of the filing of the complaint which was done without receiving firm authorization pursuant to internal firm approval procedures,” a Barnes & Thornburg spokesperson told Law&Crime in an email Friday afternoon. “The firm has withdrawn as local counsel in this matter and has ended the client relationship. The attorney representing the client in this matter is no longer with the firm.”
Beck filed paperwork on Friday to memorialize the departure.
“Pursuant to Rule 83.5(a)(1) of the Local Rules of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, the undersigned counsel hereby notifies the Court and counsel that Alec J. Beck has changed his firm affiliation and contact information,” a one-page document in the Lindell litigation explains. “No attorney from Barnes & Thornburg LLP remains of record and the firm’s appearance is thus withdrawn.”
Beck’s co-counsel in the matter, attorneys Douglas A. Daniels and Heath A. Novosad, are of Houston, Texas. They have both filed paperwork for admission pro hac vice in the District of Minnesota — that is, to handle the Lindell matter only. To do so, they need an attorney admitted to practice in the District of Minnesota to serve as “local counsel.”
In an email to Law&Crime, Daniels confirmed that Beck would remain on as local counsel despite his departure from Barnes & Thornburg. Daniels declined to go into detail about whether Beck’s separation from his now-former law firm was fair under the circumstances.
On June 3rd, Mike Lindell announced a lawsuit against Dominion, Smartmatic, and affiliated voting technology companies.
The suit accuses the companies of a “lawfare campaign” and says they are “weaponizing the judicial system and the litigation process to silence dissent.”
Mike Lindell also wants to recover damages from these companies.
Mike Lindell's lawyer leaves law firm after suit against Dominion filed without authorization https://t.co/K9vB8ae1Ux
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) June 4, 2021
New: The lawyer who filed MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's lawsuit against Dominion has been ousted by his law firm, Barnes & Thornburg, one day later.
— Chris Opfer (@ChrisOpfer) June 4, 2021
And from Newsweek:
Barnes & Thornburg partner Alec Beck has left the firm, one day after he filed a lawsuit for MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell against electronic voting companies Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic.
Beck, a labor and employment lawyer in Minnesota, wasn’t authorized to file the suit, the firm said in a statement provided to Bloomberg Law. The suit alleges that the companies are weaponizing litigation to silence Lindell’s claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
“Late last night, firm management became aware of the filing of the complaint which was done without receiving firm authorization pursuant to internal firm approval procedures,” the statement said. “The firm has withdrawn as local counsel in this matter and has ended the client relationship.”
Lindell’s complaint in a Minnesota federal court, which is peppered with quotes from George Orwell’s classic novel, “1984,” alleges that the companies sued Lindell earlier this year to try to intimidate him. Lindell has repeatedly claimed that security flaws in Dominion and Smartmatic electric voting machines influenced the outcome of the election.
Dominion sued Lindell in February seeking $1.3 billion in damages, alleging he knowingly made false accusations that the company helped rig the election for President Joe Biden. In April, MyPillow fired back with a $1.6 million suit claiming Dominion was stifling his free speech.
Beck did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday on his exit from the firm. Douglas Daniels of Daniels & Tredennick in Houston, whose name was also on the complaint, said in an email he didn’t know the circumstances of Beck’s exit. Daniels said Beck remains local counsel on the case.
Beck, whose bio was no longer available on the Barnes & Thornburg website late Friday, joined the firm in late 2019, according to a statement. He was touted as having more than 30 years of labor and employment law experience, including appearing before state and federal courts and administrative agencies like the National Labor Relations Board and the Labor Department.
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