An online publication has been ordered to pay compensation in a libel case, reports suggest.
According to Crain's Manchester Business, a judge has ruled that Rochdale Online should pay £15,000 to Oldham Online, as well as cover 75 per cent of its legal costs.
The dispute began in 2006 when Oldham Online distributed marketing emails to some of Rochdale Online's customers in which it claimed to provide a cheaper service.
In response, Rochdale Online - which is headquartered on Bury Road in Rochdale - wrote to one of its rival's largest clients claiming it had broken the law and acted in an unethical way.
Commenting on the case, finance director of Oldham Online Darren Smith, said: "All through the case our advisers expected them to settle.
"All we really wanted was an apology. Fighting a defamation action is a very costly business and is not to be undertaken lightly - unfortunately we were left with no option."