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Settlement reached in Black-Zelenik campaign lawsuit

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

There are new details in the battle between a member of Congress and her former opponent.

A Virginia ad agency has reached a settlement dating back to the 2010 campaign between Diane Black and Lou Anne Zelenik, but Zelenik says she isn't settling.

Black defeated Zelenik in last year's primary for the 6th District congressional seat.

Zelenik released a response late Tuesday night after reports of the settlement between Aegis Sciences and Bright Media.

An advertisement produced by Bright Media for Zelenik's congressional campaign accused Diane Black of using her title as a state senator to benefit her husband's company, Aegis Sciences.

All of the parties involved fired off various lawsuits after the ad ran.

Zelenik claims that more than a year later Aegis hasn't properly answered questions and hasn't specified any damages it suffered.

Zelenik released the following statement late Tuesday night:

"It appears to me that in addition to filing a frivolous lawsuit, the Blacks are attempting to mislead the public as to the status of the ongoing suit. Neither my campaign, nor I, have done one thing wrong. The suit was and remains frivolous in substance. I look forward to the day Diane ultimately has to answer for her behavior."

Zelenik said Wednesday morning that she has never been informed of a settlement and neither have her attorneys.  She said she is taking the issue back to court.

Black has not released comment on the settlement.

Aegis said it will donate money received in the lawsuit to Camp Widjiwagan in Nashville. 

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