I'm happy to say that Sean Reid of Reid Reviews and I have had an exchange of emails and have come to an understanding. He says I misunderstood him regarding the lawsuit issue. It's true that he never said "I intend to proceed with a lawsuit against TOP." What he said, specifically, was that he would consult with his attorney to see if what Howard French wrote on my site was "slander" (libel would really be the correct term) and actionable. I interpreted several such comments to be a threat of legal action against TOP. He says he never had any intention of suing TOP, which I accept.
We both regret the many misunderstandings and miscommunications that have characterized this disagreement from the start.
I still read and recommend Reid Reviews. Please note that at no time did I ever mean to impugn Sean's professional integrity, directly or indirectly.
TOP will continue to publish a variety of divergent viewpoints from a variety of guest authors and readers.
[Disclosure, Dept.: I censored a few comments from this post. Not very many. A few critical of Sean, at least one critical of me, a few critical of the whole situation. But Free Speech today takes a back seat to No-Salt-in-Fresh-Wounds Day, y'know?—there's no Amendment for that, but I'm just tryin' to let this blow over. I read all the comments, and thanks to all who left one. —Ed.]