SAN FRANCISCO Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) has agreed to
settle a lawsuit brought on behalf of several Chinese
dissidents for the Internet company's alleged involvement in
providing information the Chinese government used to prosecute
the men, according to court papers filed on Tuesday.
The settlement was disclosed in a filing in U.S. federal
court for the Northern District of California by plaintiffs
lawyers for Wang Xiaoning, Yu Ling, Shi Tao and other unnamed
parties and defendants Yahoo and its Chinese affiliates.
"Plaintiffs and defendants hereby jointly stipulate to
dismissal with prejudice of all claims made in this action,
based an a private settlement understanding among the parties,"
the court filing stated.
Yahoo agreed to cover the yet-to-be-agreed upon legal costs
incurred by defendants.
(Reporting by Eric Auchard in San Francisco; Editing by
Jeffrey Benkoe, Richard Chang)