"I decided to dismiss the suit relating to the attorneys today because it was clear that it was going to be a distraction to the main lawsuit, and I cannot devote the very limited resources I have to prosecute the litigation," Stokes said in a statement he issued after a brief phone conversation. "While the personal and financial burden of defending the suit brought by EDC is devastating, I am hopeful that a public trial will allow for the full disclosure of all the facts and persons involved surrounding the 38 Studios transaction."
Stokes and his former deputy director at the EDC,
The lawsuit further claims the lawyers failed to warn Stokes and Saul that their actions could later be considered negligent.
Saul's lawsuit remains active.
The lawyers and firms named as defendants in that suit are
News of Stokes' withdrawal from the secondary lawsuit was announced Friday morning in
"That's my understanding as well, your honor," Gladstone said. "It appears I stand alone."
Stokes and his attorney,
Stokes, reached Friday afternoon, said, "I've dedicated my entire life to public service, and things that have been said about me, you know, are untruthful, have been politically motivated. All that I hope for is eventually the truth comes out, the entire truth, so that the taxpayers can understand exactly what happened." Stokes now works for the
A hearing on what is now Saul's lawsuit is scheduled before Silverstein on Monday at
The judge also said Friday he will issue a ruling Monday on the matter that drew the parties to court Friday: attorneys for three firms named by the EDC as defendants argued their clients should not be brought back for additional testimony. They argued that
Since 38 Studios filed for bankruptcy in
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