CLARKSBURG – Former Metso Paper safety director John Adams has dropped a claim that the company shouldn't have fired him for charging female escorts and other comforts on a company credit card.

His lawyer, Brent Beveridge of Fairmont, and Metso Paper lawyer Heather Garrison of Morgantown signed a stipulation of dismissal in federal court on Jan. 29.

They dismissed it with prejudice, each side bearing its own costs and fees.

Adams sued Metso Paper in Marion County circuit court in November, seeking more than $1 million for economic loss, distress and humiliation.

Beveridge pleaded that Metso Paper issued no guidelines for use of credit cards.

He wrote that Metso Paper deducted $2,012.52 from Adams's May 12 paycheck and demanded reimbursement of $23,948.96.

In December, Metso Paper removed the suit to federal court in Clarksburg.

For Metso Paper, Garrison filed a counterclaim alleging Adams used his card to rent rooms, receive case and buy non-business items online.

She wrote that when the credit card company started refusing charges, Adams called a card service representative.

She wrote that the representative verified $1,825 in charges at Angela's Escort.

Metso Paper terminated his employment on May 11, she wrote.

Judge Irene Keeley had set a scheduling conference for Feb. 5.

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