This is interesting. The case is settled without costs (usually suggesting the plaintiff just wanted out) and the announcement is made late on a Friday.
It bears all the hallmarks of a tactical suit brought for a brief advantage and then abandoned when it became awkward. The sort of strike suit big corporations bring to close down dissent.
Well, I suppose Harper needs to be (a little) nice to the Opposition so this suit had to go.
Harper, Liberals settle Cadman lawsuit
Friday, Feb 6, 2009
The Prime Minister's Office announced that they have settled a lawsuit with the Liberal Party over allegations that the Tories offered the independent MP a bribe.
- Nick Didlick for National Post
OTTAWA -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Liberal Party of Canada have settled their lawsuit over the Cadman affair out of court. In a terse statement late Friday, the two sides said they had "settled all issues" and agreed the case will be dismissed without costs.