PORTLAND, Maine — The head of the company that reopened Great Northern Paper Co. has dismissed a defamation lawsuit against author Verle Sutton after almost two years of litigation.
Parties in the case notified the U.S. District Court of the dismissal on April 11.
Sutton said he did not pay to settle a remaining claim against him, which hinged on the use of the word “convicted” to describe the outcome of a civil action against Cate Street Capital and its CEO, John Halle.
“I agreed to nothing,” Sutton said. “[Halle] chose to dismiss the case rather than go on with it.”
Sutton said the next step in the lawsuit would have been a deposition of Halle and another summary judgment motion to dismiss the remaining claim.
“I always refused to consider any kind of settlement with Halle,” Sutton said. “That was never going to happen.”
Halle’s attorney did not respond to an email requesting comment on the conclusion of the lawsuit.
U.S. Magistrate Judge John Nivison dismissed defamation claims based on three of four passages in summary judgments, but ruled claims based on use of the word “convicted” should move forward.
Cate Street Capital also was dismissed from the case in that phase, leaving Halle to pursue his claim against Sutton and his publication, Reel Time Report, which is owned by Industry Intelligence LLC.
Industry Intelligence, for which Sutton is a contract writer, previously agreed to settlement with Halle. Terms of that settlement were not disclosed.
Correction: A previous version of this story misstated that the claims between Halle and Sutton were settled. They were not. Rather, they were dismissed. This version of the story adds comment from Sutton, who spoke about the case April 21.