A settlement has been reached in Fox News' lawsuit against the U. S. Senate campaign of Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.
Details of the settlement have not been released, but a notation in the court file indicates "parties have advised that the case is settled."
In the lawsuit, which was filed Sept. 15, Fox News and Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace accused the Carnahan campaign of violating copyright laws in its use of a clip from 2006 showing Wallace grilling Carnahan's opponent, Roy Blunt about his attempt to slip wording into the Homeland Security Bill that would benefit the tobacco industry. Wallace noted that Blunt was dating a tobacco industry lobbyist at the time. Since that time Blunt and the lobbyist in question, Abigail Perlman, have married.
The news of the settlement comes less than three weeks after Judge Gary Fenner ruled that the Carnahan campaign had to turn over documents regarding the campaign's inner workings to Fox's lawyers.
Fenner rejected a motion submitted by Carnahan attorney Mark Sableman of Thompson Coburn asking that the scope of the Fox discovery motion be limited due to First Amendment concerns.
The lawsuit indicates that the Carnahan campaign was leaving the misleading impression in the video that Wallace was supporting Carnahan.
The video accompanies this post.