Former 4th ward councilman Jim Bush filed the suit last October in Grundy County Circuit Court against current 4th ward councilwoman Jennifer Hottes doing business as Black Silo Winery of Trenton.
Bush, in the filing last year had sought 100 thousand dollars in punitive damages because of comments allegedly made about him during n August 11th, 2014 public session of the Trenton City Council. The comments were in regards to an incident involving the sale of alcohol at the 2014 North Central Missouri Fair.
Bush had opposed the sale of alcohol at the fairgrounds. The suit early this year was transferred on a change of venue to Linn County. Judge Scott Othic this week dismissed the legal action.
Before the suit was filed, Mrs. Hottes had defeated Jim Bush for the Trenton City Council seat in the April 2015 election.