A D.C. federal judge has shot down a counterclaims filed by former Trump lawyer Sydney Powell against Dominion Voting Systems, The Hill reports.
Dominion has filed a $1.3 billion defamation claim against Powell, accusing her of roping the voting tech giant into her conspiracy theories about the 2020 election where she alleged the company’s voting machines were complicit in mass voter fraud.
U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols granted Dominion’s request to dismiss Powell’s lawsuit after finding she failed to show that Dominion’s defamation suit against her was 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.”
Nichols also rejected a similar counterclaim brought by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell against Dominion and another voting tech company, Smartmatic.