A federal judge in Washington, D.C. has tossed out a lawsuit filed by pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell against Dominion Voting Systems.
The Wednesday dismissal comes as the voting systems company pursues its own $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against her, according to The Hill.
In a three-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols granted Dominion’s request to toss the case after finding Powell failed to show that Dominion’s defamation suit against her constituted an abuse of justice.
“Powell’s complaint fails to link her abuse-of-process claim to any act that Dominion has taken other than filing and pursuing its lawsuit,” wrote Nichols, who was appointed to the federal district court in D.C. by former President Trump. “She has thus failed to state a claim for abuse of process.”
The ruling follows a similar ruling targeting MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell who is also a target in Dominion’s lawsuit and another by Smartmatic Voting Systems.
Dominion alleged Powell intentionally made defamatory statements about the voting machine company as she helped lead the former president’s failed effort to thwart U.S. democracy by giving Trump a second White House term despite losing the 2020 election.