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Ice rink's lawsuit settled

October 23, 2000|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

Ice rink's lawsuit settled



A lawsuit filed by a former executive director of the Hagerstown ice rink against the group running the rink has been settled out of court.

Terms of the settlement were not released.

In July 1998, Walter E. Dill Sr. sued the Washington County Sports Foundation, which oversees operations at the city-owned rink, alleging breach of contract, defamation, slander of credit and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Dill originally sought $2.3 million in compensatory and punitive damages from the foundation, according to the suit filed in Washington County Circuit Court.

In February Judge Kennedy Boone signed an order dismissing all but one of the counts in the lawsuit.

In the remaining count Dill sought $50,000 for breach of contract, according to court records.

Dill's lawyer, J. Gregory Hannigan, said that count referred to money Dill claimed the foundation owed him for purchasing items for the rink, back wages and personally guaranteeing foundation loans.

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In May, both sides agreed to dismiss with prejudice the remaining count in the lawsuit, according to court records. Dismissing a case with prejudice means the suit cannot be reopened.

When contacted last week, Dill referred all questions to his attorney.

Hannigan, a Hagerstown lawyer, said under the terms of the settlement both sides are prohibited from discussing the terms and conditions of the settlement or the amount of any financial settlement. He would not say whether there was a financial settlement.

Attorneys for the foundation could not be reached for comment.

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