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An orchardist's fight for compensation from fertiliser giant Ravensdown over crop damage from acid and fluoride emissions from the company's plant has ended with an out-of-court settlement after just one day of a scheduled 12-day hearing in the High Court at Napier.

Paddy Donovan, also an accountant and a former Olympic and Empire Games boxer, was seeking over $1 million for losses in the 2005-2006 season, and the loss of land value and associated anxiety and stresses.