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State Supreme Court rejects SF Weekly appeal

The state Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to review a $21 million damage award against the SF Weekly and its parent company, Village Voice Media, in a suit brought by the Bay Guardian.

A San Francisco jury in March 2008 found the SF Weekly and VVM slashed advertising prices to drive the Guardian out of business, in violation of state antitrust laws. The defendants lost at the court of appeals and its last hope was the state supreme court. But only Justice Joyce Kennard voted to grant a hearing, three short of the majority needed on the seven-member court.

On its Website, the Guardian posted the following:

The Chronicle said the outcome of the case could still be determined by settlement negotiations, which are ongoing. Lawyers for each publication declined comment to the Chonicle on a possible settlement.

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