A defamation suit brought against former state Democratic Chairman David Parker and the state Democratic Party has been dismissed.
The suit had been brought by Adriadn Ortega, a former Democratic Party staffer, in June 2012, who claimed he had been defamed by public comments regarding his allegations that he had been sexually harassed. Superior Court Judge Howard Manning dismissed Ortega's defamation claims against all defendants on June 5 and give Ortega 30 days to appeal. Instead, Ortega's counsel filed a voluntary notice of dismissal on July 2. The dismissal was filed "without prejudice" which means that Ortega an re-filed the suit within a year.
The dismissal is the latest development in case that drew negative national attention to the state Democratic Party at a time when North Carolina was a battleground state.