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Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz has dropped his defamation lawsuit against a student newspaper, saying he's satisfied its recently published clarification clears the air.

"It's exactly what I asked for," Katz said Friday of efforts made by the Uniter newspaper to clarify the intent of a volunteer writer's piece Katz had claimed sullied his reputation.

Court records show Katz's lawyer, Robert Tapper, has formally discontinued the claim for damages Katz launched in late January against the Uniter's parent company, the University of Winnipeg and volunteer writer Josh Benoit. "This will confirm this matter has now settled," a notice on the file states.

The Uniter took down the piece from its website after Katz initiated legal action. As of Friday, it was listed as "no longer available."

On March 5, the Uniter published a "clarification" acknowledging the lawsuit. "The column consisted of satirical commentary that... was intended to be a fair comment on a matter of public interest," the clarification states. "The Uniter regrets if anyone interpreted the column to be anything other than a satirical comment as stated," it added.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 26, 2014 A18

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