Zaha Hadid settles lawsuit and donates settlement money

Zaha Hadid has settled her case against the New York Review of Books and critic Martin Filler and has donated the settlement money to a charity that “protects and champions labour rights”.

Hadid had waged the five-month long battle against Filler after the critic published defamatory remarks concerning the architect’s attitude toward migrant workers as well as her Qatar World Cup Stadium project.

A statement released by Hadid’s attorney BakerHostetler says: “Following extensive settlement negotiations, Ms Zaha Hadid withdrew her lawsuit against the New York Review of Books and Mr Martin Filler.

“Under the terms of the settlement agreement, which remain confidential, Ms Hadid has accepted the apology of the New York Review of Books and Mr Filler, and is pleased to announce, in conjunction with the settlement, the donation of an undisclosed sum of money to a charitable organisation that protects and champions labour rights.”

Hadid’s claim argued that Filler personally attacked the architect by using comments she previously made about the workers working on her Qatar project out of context.

Filler released an apologetic statement shortly after Hadid launched the lawsuit, and the battle has now come to an end.

Gonzalo Zeballos, one of the attorneys representing the architect, says: “Ms Hadid is pleased to have put to rest this dispute, and to have resolved it in a way that demonstrates her commitment to safe and fair working conditions at construction sites around the world.”