***Bullsh***, er, I mean nonsense. He had an independent 3rd party report in hand that said the devices work, as per the agreement.
IH needed to settle because the judge would have treated that independent third party report as a... wait for it.... third party report.
IH's contention, backed up by sworn evidence from Darden and others, is that the IH devices never worked, but for some time they were deceived by Rossi's measurement method which showed X3 or more false positive. We know now BTW from many independent analyses both empirical and analytical that the Lugano power measurement method advocated by Levi and Rossi can do this.
THHuxleynew is describing the Levi tests with the small cylindrical devices. As noted, an empty one produced apparent excess heat, and Rossi got upset.
However, perhaps kevmol has in mind the Doral test, and by "third party report" he means the Penon report. I and many others concluded that report was invalid. For details, see the report itself and the reviews by Murray and Smith:
I am pretty sure he meant the Penon report, from what he wrote here:
a yearlong demo and a 3rd party report saying it worked, which is what their contract stipulated.
The contract did stipulate this, but the report was invalid, having fake data and physically impossible claims. Such a report cannot fulfil a contract.