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Caledonian’s suit against Wells dropped

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copyright the Chronicle January 31, 2018


The document filed in U.S. District Court on January 26 was short and to the point.

The three civil charges filed by The Caledonian-Record against Ken Wells and the owners of The Newport Daily Express, were to be dismissed by mutual agreement.

One charge, that of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, was dismissed with prejudice, meaning it cannot be brought again. Two others were dismissed without prejudice.

According to Robert Hemley, the Caledonian-Record’s lawyer, dropping the RICO charge meant the case could no longer be heard in federal court.

The remaining charges could be refiled in the civil division of Vermont Superior Court, but Mr. Hemley declined to say if his client intends to pursue the case further.

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