- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 1, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A settlement agreement will resolve lawsuits that eight former employees of The Times-Picayune filed against the newspaper and its parent company, Advance Publications Inc., over their layoffs in 2012.

A federal judge’s order Monday says a “compromise” has been reached in the cases, which can be reopened if a settlement isn’t consummated. The order doesn’t disclose any terms of the agreement. An attorney for the newspaper and its parent declined to comment.

The plaintiffs were 46 to 59 years old when they lost jobs ranging from warehouse worker to reporter. They said their layoffs violated a longstanding “job security pledge” and age discrimination laws.

The Times-Picayune announced staff cuts in 2012 along with a plan to boost news coverage at its companion website, NOLA.com. Other Advance-owned publications announced similar plans.

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