While not disputing that Furlong isn't a party to the contract between Salesforce.com and My Pillow, "a finding by the Court that plaintiff personally did not owe money to Salesforce is meaningless," Salesforce.com said in a filing. Under Minnesota "voluntary payment doctrine," people who make payments voluntarily, as Furlong did, "cannot seek return of that payment on the grounds [they were] not obligated to make it in the first place," the filing states.
Salesforce.com has also sued My Pillow for breach of contract and is seeking more than $550,000 in damages, according to a case filed this week in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The initial filing doesn't specifically respond to My Pillow's allegations about delays and flaws in its Salesforce implementation.
My Pillow denies it owes any money to Salesforce.com, American Express or Furlong, and is seeking unspecified damages from Salesforce.com.
What wasn't clear from the court filings is why My Pillow apparently had no other options but to use Furlong's personal credit card.
In a June 2012 article in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal about My Pillow, company founder and CEO Mike Lindell said sales were on track to hit $150 million that year, up from just $3 million two years prior, thanks to the wild success of its infomercial.
Lindell and Furlong couldn't be reached for comment.
Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for the IDG News Service. Chris' email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com