Settlement Reached in 3M Defamation Lawsuit

Oct 26, 12

One of two closely watched cases involving the District of Columbia’s relatively new law barring lawsuits aimed at chilling protected speech has settled, according to filings in the city’s federal trial and appellate courts.

On Friday, parties in 3M Co.’s defamation lawsuit against Washington-based political strategist Lanny Davis notified the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that Davis was dropping his appeal of a judge’s ruling that the D.C. law barring strategic lawsuits against public participation, or SLAPPs, couldn’t apply in federal court. This morning, the parties notified U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins that they had reached a settlement in the underlying case.

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