Judge won’t drop MediaNews antitrust case

Dean Singleton appeared to have little trouble obtaining antitrust approvals from the Department of Justice when he bought several daily newspapers in the Bay Area. The same can’t be said for his efforts in Charleston, W.Va., where a federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss a DOJ case against his MediaNews Group and a local newspaper company. According to the AP: The DOJ’s lawsuit claims that the May 2004 purchase of the MediaNews-owned Charleston Daily Mail by the Daily Gazette

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DOJ allows Hearst to buy 31% of MediaNews

The U.S. Department of Justice issued a statement this afternoon saying it had concluded its antitrust investigation of Hearst Corp.’s $317 million purchase of 31 percent of MediaNews Group’s holdings outside the Bay Area, and that the two companies will “continue to be subject to scrutiny.” The statement indicated the government will not block the deal, which closed last Friday. The statement said in part: “Hearst’s investment in MNG — its principal newspaper rival in the Bay Area — raised

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CFAC’s Scheer: Unseal the settlement

Journalist and attorney Peter Scheer (pictured), executive director of the California First Amendment Coalition, says the public has a right to see the settlement documents in Clint Reilly’s anti-trust case against Hearst and MediaNews. In a commentary posted on CFAC’s Web site, Scheer writes: [Reilly’s] suit involved allegations of serious misconduct — fixing prices and dividing up markets — which, if true, caused harm to the public at large, not just to Reilly. A secret settlement in such a “public” case

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Now MediaNews is threatening to sue Reilly

MediaNews Group President Jody Lodovic (seen here on the left with chief executive Dean Singleton) on Friday accused Clint Reilly of misrepresenting the terms of the settlement of his antitrust suit against the chain and may sue him for breaching a confidentiality clause in the agreement. On Saturday, Reilly’s attorney, Joe Alioto, told E&P that it’s MediaNews that is spinning the agreement for its own internal political reasons. The post-settlement dispute began when Alioto said on Wednesday that the settlement

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Hearst, MediaNews settle antitrust suit

Hearst and MediaNews Group have settled with San Francisco businessman Clint Reilly, who was suing the companies for antitrust violations. The deal announced this morning averts a trial that would have begun Monday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco that had the potential of forcing MediaNews to divest itself of the San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, Monterey Herald and St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press. The MediaNews chain headed by Dean Singleton acquired those papers for $736 million

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Most records in antitrust case kept secret

An attempt by the Bay Guardian and a First Amendment advocacy group to unseal documents in Clint Reilly’s antitrust suit against Hearst Corp. and MediaNews Group didn’t get very far. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston (pictured) ruled today (Jan. 24) that she will keep sealed 17 of the 19 documents in question and will allow redacted versions of the two remaining documents to be released. Read the ruling. AP and the Guardian saw the ruling differently. AP’s lead: “A media

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New details in Hearst-MediaNews deal

Hearst Corp., owner of the Chron, would become part owner of several competing Bay Area newspapers including the Mercury News and Contra Costa Times, according to court documents. The court documents were submitted by MediaNews, owner of the Merc and CCTimes, in a lawsuit brought by San Francisco businessman Clint Reilly, who is suing on antitrust grounds. The documents were reported in this morning’s CCTimes and other MediaNews papers in a story by George Avelos. Previous reports indicated that Hearst

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UPDATE: DOJ clears way for newspaper sale

The U.S. Department of Justice’s antitrust division today (July 31) approved the sale of the Mercury News, Contra Costa Times, Monterey Hearld and St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press to MediaNews Group in a $1 billion deal partially financed by the Hearst Corp., according to the AP and Reuters. “After a careful investigation…the antitrust division determined that the transaction if not likely to reduce competition substantially,” the Justice Department said in a statement. McClatchy Co., owner of the Sacramento Bee, bought

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Judge won’t halt sale; DOJ wants more time

Federal Judge Susan Illston (pictured) today (July 28) refused a request to issue a temporary restraining order to block McClatchy Co. from selling the Mercury News and other former Knight Ridder newspapers to MediaNews Group. But her ruling doesn’t mean the $1 billion sale will take place. The AP and the Sacramento Bee are reporting that the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division has again asked for more time to review the transaction. Judge Illston rejected San Francisco powerbroker Clint Reilly’s

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