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Motions filed to dismiss lawsuit from professor claiming permanent hearing loss after G-20 summit

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Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, 6:03 p.m.

Lawyers for a visiting English professor and the city on Monday filed a joint motion to dismiss a lawsuit connected to the September 2009 Group of 20 economic summit in Pittsburgh.

The city agreed last November to pay Karen Piper of the University of Missouri $72,000 for the permanent hearing loss she suffered when police used a highly focused loudspeaker to disperse a crowd.

Vic Walczak, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, said the final dismissal of the case was delayed by an agreement that Piper's lawyers would bring in a consultant to review the draft of a policy on how and when police will deploy the Long Range Acoustic Device.

The settlement doesn't require the city to adopt the policy, but the consultation happened last week, allowing both sides to file the motion to dismiss, he said.

Paul Krepps, one of the lawyers representing the city, said the actual consultation lasted a few hours, but it took months to set up because of scheduling conflicts between all of the people involved.

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