Stonewall, Opry Settle Lawsuit

Grand Ole Opry star Stonewall Jackson has settled his federal age discrimination lawsuit against the Grand Opry and its management.

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Stonewall filed the lawsuit in 2007 against Gaylord Entertainment and Opry general manager Pete Fisher, claiming that his appearances on the Opry declined after Fisher was hired in 1998. He sought $10 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages. The terms of the settlement filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Nashville were not disclosed. A spokesman for Stonewall said that the singer was "very happy to have this lawsuit settled and to be back singing his music on the Grand Ole Opry. Stonewall has a great love for the Grand Ole Opry and takes great pride in his membership with this great institution for over 50 years." Stonewall, whose biggest hits include “Waterloo” and “Life to Go,” has been appearing on the Opry in the last several months.

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