Jennifer Lopez's Ex Drops Lawsuit

Jennifer Lopez's Ex Drops Lawsuit
Jennifer Lopez
Thomas Lau

11/02/2005 AT 08:00 AM EST

Jennifer Lopez's first husband, Ojani Noa, has dropped his lawsuit against her in which he claimed that she fired him as manager of her Southern California restaurant without cause.

Noa's lawyer, David deRubertis did not explain why he asked for the dismissal of the case "with prejudice," which would prevent his client from re-filing it, the BBC reports.

Noa, a waiter who wed the singer-actress in 1997 after the two met while he was on the job in Miami (the union lasted about a year), filed his lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court last December.

According to his legal papers, Noa left his position as manager of the Conga Room in Los Angeles in 2002 in order to run Lopez's new restaurant, Madres, in nearby Pasadena, at a salary of $1,000 a week – with the expectation that his paycheck would increase as the eatery became more successful.

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Noa and Lopez


The terms of Noa's verbal agreement with Lopez, the suit stated, included a stipulation that she would not fire him "without good cause or reason."

For reasons not specified, Noa was let go six months after he started at Madres, which opened in April 2002. "Mr. Noa tried to call Ms. Lopez to find out what prompted this sudden change of events. His calls went unreturned," claimed his papers, which went on to say: "She didn't even have the decency to explain why she had lied to lure him to accept a job that she did not plan on letting him keep in the first place."

Lopez never commented publicly on the case, though Noa's legal papers quoted her as insisting that her ex was "family" and that she would take care of him.

After her marriage to Noa crumbled, Lopez, now 35, married backup dancer Chris Judd in 2001 but separated from him less than a year later. Last year she married singer Marc Anthony.
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