OPUBCO reaches settlement in libel lawsuit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A University of Texas computer employee who posted a bogus story on the Internet about two Oklahoma quarterbacks -- has reached a settlement.

The settlement is with The Oklahoman Publishing Company and sportswriter Jake Trotter.

James W. Conradt is a Nebraska fan.

Conradt apologized and agreed to pay OPUBCO an undisclosed sum in the settlement filed this week in federal court in Oklahoma City.

OPUBCO and Trotter sued Conradt over the July 9th story that falsely said quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Landry Jones were arrested for intent to distribute cocaine.

The lawsuit said Conradt used Trotter's byline and OPUBCO trademarks.

The civil lawsuit accused Conradt of libel, copyright violations and trademark infringements.

Conradt says he "naively intended the article to be humorous satire and parody."

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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