Lawyers for MediaNews and Hearst have gone to unusual lengths to keep secret information they have filed in response to Clint Reilly’s lawsuit alleging antitrust violations. But U.S. District Judge Susan Illston (left) said in an order issued yesterday (April 12) that documents they use during the trial will be made public. Documents already under seal will remain confidential unless they are used at trial, she said.
Bay Guardian publisher Bruce Brugmann (right), whose paper along with the nonprofit Media Alliance filed briefs to unseal documents in the antitrust case, asks in his blog that Reilly and his attorneys get “all the relevant monopolizing documents of the nation’s biggest chains into the trial so that the Bay Area, and the rest of the world, can see how it is done and how monopolies censor and mangle the coverage of their own monopoly moves. This is one of the big Censored Stories of our time. And it is indeed chilling to watch these events unfold.”