- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Ex-Michigan U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter’s lawsuit alleging that a former intern deliberately submitted forged petitions to keep him from seeking re-election has been dismissed.

Wayne County Circuit Judge Sheila Ann Gibson on Monday tossed the complaint against Dillon Breen after McCotter stipulated to the dismissal. The former Republican congressman from Livonia sued Breen and former top aide Don Yowchuang a year ago.

Breen’s lawyers, former Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox and Danila Artaev, say Breen collected legitimate signatures and someone else copied his circulator signature onto old petitions. Cox says Breen’s name was “needlessly sullied” by the suit.

Election officials discovered bogus signatures on McCotter’s petitions, keeping him off the 2012 primary ballot. Yowchuang pleaded no-contest to forgery charges and was sentenced to probation and community service. Breen wasn’t charged.

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