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May 3, 2016--In a victory for freedom of the press and good old American stubbornness, a bogus defamation lawsuit against paper-industry commentator and gadfly Verle Sutton was recently dropped. Sutton, never one to mince words, issued a colorful news release (below) yesterday announcing that his name had been cleared. The case involved Sutton's exposé of a scheme to profit from a failing paper mill via subsidies from the state of Maine. Sutton had previously exposed aspects of the U.S. government's black liquor subsidies to U.S. kraft pulp mills.

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