Dispute settled

A three-year dispute between a freelance journalist and the Yorkshire Evening Post has been settled, with the Johnston Pressowned daily making a four-figure out of court payment, writes Dominic Ponsford.

The dispute centred around a story written by Andy Germaine for The People about a children’s football referee in Leeds who was a former member of the Ku Klux Klan.

The story was followed up in the YEP and Germaine sued it over fees he believed were due to him.

The YEP denied liability, but solicitors Farrer & Co told Germaine in a letter that “it is in the interests of both parties to try and seek an early resolution of this matter without the need for prolonged litigation”.

Germaine said the amount paid by the YEP was equivalent to the original fee paid by The People.

The YEP declined to comment.

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