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Lawsuit Settled in Favor of Oregon Cannabis Activist

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A lawsuit filed against married couple Travis and Leah Maurer in 2016 has officially been dismissed due to a “misunderstanding.”

According to The Oregonian, the Maurers were sued by former business associate Randy Quast for alleged breach of contract. However, now Quast has agreed to pay the couple $100,000 to settle the lawsuit. He was originally seeking seven figures from the couple, until he was countersued by both of them. The Maurers are known for continual advocacy for cannabis in Oregon, specifically in supporting Measure 91 in 2014 when it legalized recreational cannabis.

The suit was originally filed in 2016, when Quast claimed the Maurers breached their contract and were guilty of defamation. The dispute was in regards to a cannabis grow operation that was supposed to launch but never did, leaving both sides bitter about the outcome. The Maurers denied the claims and countersued, claiming breach of contract on Quast’s side. 

A settlement agreement regarding the suit was offered in December, and now the case has officially been dismissed. “I’ve dropped my claims against Travis and Leah Maurer,” Quast said in a written statement regarding the proceedings. “After learning additional facts in discovery, I now realize that this dispute was based on a misunderstanding. I regret the hardship this matter has caused the Maurers.”

The Maurers also released a written statement of their own in response to the end of the case. “We regret the misunderstanding between us that led to the two lawsuits,” the statement reads. “Now we can return our full attention to the important social and political issues that are part of the fight to end the drug war in our country.”

Known for their contributions to the cannabis industry, the Maurers are now free to continue their work and activism in Oregon without being held back by legal proceedings.

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