Guardian’s suit against Weekly clears hurdle

A judge has ruled that the Bay Guardian’s predatory pricing lawsuit against SF Weekly and its parent company can go to trial. The Guardian, headed by Bruce Brugmann (pictured), claims in the suit that the Weekly was selling ads at below cost in order to run his paper out of business. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard A. Kramer on Thursday rejected three motions from the Weekly to have the case thrown out of court. One of them claimed the

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SF Weekly owner tries to stop pricing trial

The chain that owns the SF Weekly, Village Voice Media, has filed a motion attempting to stop a trial in which a jury of San Francisco residents would determine whether it sold ads at below cost in order to run Bruce Brugmann’s (pictured) Bay Guardian out of business. The SF Weekly, which has rarely written about lawsuit, now has printed a 2,700-word story about its motion to dismiss with the headline: “Unfair Lawsuit Act: SF Weekly moves to dismiss the

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SF Weekly knocks Guardian over cover

Controversial musician and actor Vincent Gallo has a rule that he will only grant interviews with a publication if it agrees to put him on the cover. Will Harper of the SF Weekly says his publication turned down Gallo — “we don’t let celebrities tell us what to put on our cover.” But Harper says he was a little perplexed when Gallo appeared on the cover of the competing Bay Guardian, a weekly known for preaching journalism ethics to others.

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Trial of SF Weekly owner delayed

A judge has delayed until October a trial involving San Francisco’s two alternative weekly newspapers. The Bay Guardian, owned by Bruce Brugmann, is suing Village Voice Media, owner the SF Weekly and East Bay Express. Brugmann claims the chain violated state law by using profits generated at its 16 other papers to subsidize illegally cheap ads in San Francisco in order to run his paper out of business. The trial had been set for July 16, but San Francisco Superior

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Guardian claims victory in records dispute

The Bay Guardian is disputing news reports that claim the paper didn’t get most of the documents it wanted in Clint Reilly’s antitrust lawsuit against Hearst Corp. and MediaNews Group. Judge Susan Illston only unsealed two of the 19 documents in question, and those two will be redacted under her order. The AP, the Chronicle and the Press Club web site reported yesterday that most of the documents will remain under seal. But the Guardian, in an online blog entry

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SF Weekly loses Warfield Theater sign

The owners of San Francisco’s historic Warfield Theater have succeeded in removing the “SF Weekly” from the theater’s name and marquee. Bill Graham Presents (BGP), a unit of Clear Channel Communications, has leased the 84-year-old concert hall on Market Street since 1978. Last June, BGP renamed the theater the “SF Weekly Warfield” as part of a three-year promotional agreement with the newspaper. In October, the owners of the theater sued, saying they had the sole right to name the theater.

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