Regan, News Corp. settle lawsuit


NEW YORK - Book publisher Judith Regan and News Corp. have settled the lawsuit she filed after getting terminated by the conglomerate in Dec. 2006. The companies are keeping terms confidential, but they said neither side admitted any liability.

Regan worked for News Corp. book unit HarperCollins for 12 and a half years and had her own imprint before getting fired after a public rebuke by News chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch. Regan was upset that the company had cancelled a book by O.J. Simpson entitled "If I did it..." and a related TV project.

After the termination, there was talk about anti-Semitic remarks that the company said Regan had made in a conversation with one of its Harper Collins lawyers.

"After carefully considering the matter, we accept Ms. Regan's position that she did not say anything that was anti-Semitic in nature, and further believe that Ms. Regan is not anti-Semitic," News Corp. said in a statement Friday.

Regan said: "I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with so many gifted people and am looking forward to my next venture."

She didn't immediately announce what that next venture may be.