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By PFW staff

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has dropped a lawsuit against the Washington City Paper over an article that he said had defamed him.

The article, entitled "The Cranky Redskins Fan's Guide to Dan Snyder," was written by Dave McKenna and published on Nov. 19, 2010. The article detailed a long list of alleged missteps and public-relations gaffes that had occurred since Snyder bought the team in 1999.

The article was accompanied by a photo of Snyder, in which an illustrator had added horns and a goatee. Snyder charged that the illustration was anti-Semitic. The Redskins' owner also claimed that he had been defamed by the article, citing several alleged inaccuracies.

Snyder's lawsuit, which was filed in February, sought $1 million in general damages and unspecified punitive damages from the newspaper; its parent company, Creative Loafing; and McKenna.

The newspaper had stood by the article and its author, charging that Snyder's lawsuit was an attempt to stifle media criticism of the owner.

"This is a great day for free speech," said Michael Schaffer, City Paper's editor. "This is a great day for the citizens of D.C., which has a legal system that protects them from being bullied by people who don't like what was said."

Readers of the City Paper had contributed $34,000 to a legal defense fund for the newspaper.

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