In Salt Lake City, Dean Singleton’s MediaNews has settled a complex, seven-year-long lawsuit over the ownership of the Salt Lake City Tribune. The family that had previously owned the paper was suing to get it back. MediaNews will keep the paper, the family will drop the lawsuit and terms weren’t disclosed. In Minnesota, MediaNews, which operates the St. Paul Pioneer Press, is suing that paper’s former publisher, Par Ridder, who quit to run the rival Minneapolis Star-Tribune. MediaNews claims Ridder took a laptop full of confidential data with him and shredded noncompete agreements for some top Pioneer Press executives. E&P has posted transcripts [Part 1 and Part 2] from the three-day trial including testimony of Ridder’s father, Tony, former chairman of Knight Ridder.

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