A Mississippi judge has dismissed a $1 billion trade secrets lawsuit filed by power management company Eaton Corp. against a rival, saying once-prominent attorney Ed Peters worked on Eaton’s behalf to influence former Judge Bobby DeLaughter in the case.

“The court finds, by clear and convincing evidence, that Eaton and its counsel were aware of and, in fact, sanctioned Peters’ clandestine actions, either through affirmation or inaction, with then-Judge DeLaughter, for Eaton’s benefit,” Yerger said last week in his order dismissing Eaton’s lawsuit against rival Frisby Aerospace.