Settlement of Ford – Sapiro Libel Suit Complete; Order of Discontinuance Granted
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Settlement of Ford – Sapiro Libel Suit Complete; Order of Discontinuance Granted

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(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The legal phases of the Ford-Sapiro libel suit came to a formal end today when Judge Charles C. Simans in Federal District Court signed an order of discontinuance.

The stipulation of discontinuance agreed upon Saturday by counsel for Aaron Sapiro, plaintiff, and Henry Ford, defendant, was presented to Judge Simons by counsel for Mr. Sapiro. The Court immediately signed the order.

“It is hereby stipulated and agreed,” read the document filed by Sapiro’s counsel, “by and between the parties hereto that the above entitled cause be and the same hereby is discontinued without further costs to either party.”

Judge Simon’s order of discontinuance read: “On reading and filing the stipulation of discontinuance signed and filed in the above entitled cause, it is now hereby ordered that said cause be and the same hereby is discontinued.” The Judge expresed himself as being very glad to sign this.

William H. Gallagher, chief of Sapiro’s counsel, said today that both parties to the suit had decided not to reveal any details of a cash payment involved in the settlement, but that the sum was limited to “costs and expenses.”

“We made no claim for damages arising out of the publication of the charges against Mr. Sapiro,” the attorney said.


The July 16th issue of the “Dearborn Independent,” the second issue of that publication following Ford’s apology, contains neither the first Ford statement, nor the statement issued in behalf of the “Independent” concerning the settlement of the Sapiro case.

Neither in the articles, editorials nor in the news sections of the magazine is there any reference to be found concerning the retraction of the anti-Jewish charges.

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