SIOUX FALLS -- The Argus Leader says a libel lawsuit against the Sioux Falls newspaper and a former editor has been settled out of court.
Former Sioux Falls Development Foundation Director Dan Scott sued in the summer of 2007, saying a satirical column written by then-Executive Editor Randell Beck had damaged his reputation. Beck said the column was clearly parody and protected free speech.
Scott sought damages of at least $1 million. The state Supreme Court in 2008 refused to dismiss the case.
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Lawyers for both sides have signed a settlement and Circuit Judge Bradley Zell has dismissed the case.
Steven Sanford, the attorney for Beck and the Argus Leader, declined to comment on the details. Scott's lawyer, Bill Janklow, did not immediately return a telephone call to The Associated Press on Tuesday.