A lawsuit over a work stoppage at the Kennecott smelter in Salt Lake County that the company termed illegal has been resolved, according to the company lawyer who filed suit over the matter.

Kennecott Corp. filed suit in U.S. District Court, saying steelworkers violated their contract by engaging in an illegal work stoppage Friday. Keith E. Taylor, a lawyer for Kennecott's Utah Division, said Monday: "The dispute has been resolved and the suit immediately has been dismissed."The copper giant has decided not to press for damages, Taylor said.

The suit had said that a master agreement negotiated by Kennecott and the United Steelworkers of America contains a no-strike provision, as well as procedures for filing grievances and arbitrating problems.

On Friday afternoon, the steelworkers stopped work over a dispute that is subject to the grievance and arbitration provisions, the suit says. It occurred at the smelter in Salt Lake County, and threatened to cost Kennecott more than $50,000 per day, the suit adds.

The suit had asked for an order to prohibit illegal work stoppages.