In a quick, anticlimactic ruling, a federal judge Monday dismissed three lawsuits involving Orange County's operation of John Wayne Airport, including one suit brought by the county itself 2 1/2 years ago.
Deputy Orange County Counsel Daniel J. Didier said the issues in the lawsuits had been settled previously, and as a result, "there was nothing controversial today."
Didier said the key suit dismissed by U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. in Los Angeles was a 1985 action brought by the county against the very groups that had been hauling it into court for years.
The county's suit sought to have one judge settle a variety of questions, including state environmental issues. The county argued that different judges were handing down different rulings, leaving airport operators uncertain where they stood.