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Mom Settles Over Brush With Donald Duck

PHILADELPHIA (CN) - Disney Destinations agreed to settle a lawsuit that claims one of its employees dressed as Donald Duck grabbed the breast of a Pennsylvania mother at Epcot Center.

U.S. District Judge John Padova dismissed the complaint over the May 2008 incident with prejudice Thursday.

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, and a Disney spokeswoman declined to elaborate.

April Magolon, of Upper Darby, Pa., sued Disney Destination's predecessor, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, in December 2009, claiming she suffered post-traumatic stress disorder, cold sweats, nightmares and flashbacks after being fondled by the character during a family vacation.

Her state-court complaint, which was eventually removed to federal court, claimed her ordeal was part of a long line of similar incidents, including the 2004 molestation of a mother and daughter by a man dressed as Tigger.

Magolon's attorney did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Earlier this year, Padova rejected Disney's motion to dismiss the complaint and also refused to transfer the case to Florida.

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