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Strategic Staffing Solutions resolves defamation suit against WJBK-TV2

Strategic Staffing Solutions resolves defamation suit against WJBK-TV2

Detroit-based Strategic Staffing Solutions Inc. says it has resolved its defamation lawsuit against WJBK-TV2, reporter Charlie LeDuff and others over a report that aired in early February.

Also named in the suit were New World Communications of Detroit Inc. in Southfield and WJBK producer Douglas McKenzie.

The suit claimed that a story the station aired Feb. 2 involving a call center that Strategic Staffing has operated for Wayne County since 2004 contained inaccuracies that defamed both Strategic Staffing and Pasky.

WJBK has agreed to permanently remove from its website the report that prompted the lawsuit, Strategic Staffing said in a statement issued today.

The station also has agreed to have its anchors read a statement on each of the newscast time slots on which the original story aired.

The statement that anchors will read says:

"On February 2, we reported that County Executive Bob Ficano had involved himself with a contract issue for Strategic Staffing Solutions, which provides call center services to Wayne County government. Following that report, we were contacted by representatives of S3, who assured us that the contract was awarded in full compliance with the county's procurement rules and regulations. It was not our intent to assert or imply that there was any improper conduct on the part of S3. We regret if anyone misinterpreted our report."

Strategic Staffing is pleased the suit has been settled "and that FOX2's statement makes it clear that they did not intend to assert or imply that there was any improper conduct on the part of S3," President and CEO Cynthia Pasky said in the release.

"As far as we are concerned, this issue has been fully resolved."

Speaking on behalf of Fox 2, James Stewart, a partner at Thompson & Knight LLP in Bloomfield Hills, confirmed that the lawsuit will be dismissed but declined further comment.

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