Former Blunt aide dismisses wrongful firing and defamation suit

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 | 3:50 p.m. CDT; updated 7:37 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 21, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — An aide to former Gov. Matt Blunt is dismissing his wrongful termination and defamation lawsuit.

Scott Eckersley had agreed in May to drop the suit within seven days of receiving a $500,000 settlement payment from the state. Those checks were issued in early June, but Eckersley refused to cash them until recently because he was holding out for a state apology letter.

He hasn't received the letter. But Eckersley said Tuesday that he is dismissing the lawsuit because he met with the attorney general's office and is satisfied his name will be cleared.

Eckersley claimed he was fired in September 2007 in retaliation for raising concerns about e-mail deletions in Blunt's office. Blunt has insisted Eckersley was fired for legitimate reasons.


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