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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.

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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.

 

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