An 11th-hour settlement has canceled the trial of a legally novel same-sex sexual harassment suit in which the defense lawyers intended to argue the “equal opportunity harasser” defense since the offending employee allegedly harassed both men and women.

Nonetheless, the case of Merritt v. Delaware River Port Authority is legally significant due to several important rulings made by U.S. District Judge John R. Padova in a 19-page opinion handed down just before the trial was to start.