Would Reilly fight Chronicle sale to MNG?

When Hearst announced it might close the Chronicle if it couldn’t cut its costs, speculation began that the San Francisco paper might be sold to MediaNews Group, the Denver-based chain that owns most of the area’s paid dailies including the San Jose Mercury News. But the last time the two companies tried to collaborate, they were hit with a federal antitrust lawsuit filed by San Francisco real estate developer Clint Reilly. The chains settled with Reilly by agreeing to keep

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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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Who is Clint Reilly, anyway?

As part of his settlement with Hearst and MediaNews, Clint Reilly (left) got an unusual concession — a quarter page of editorial space plus a seat on the editorial board of a MediaNews Group paper of his choosing. Notice that he didn’t get the same concession from Hearst, owner of the Chronicle, which was also a defendant in his antitrust lawsuit. Perhaps that has something to do with the 1993 fight he got into with Editor Phil Bronstein in a

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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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Secrets will be revealed at antitrust trial

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

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Judge won’t stop newspaper antitrust case

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston refused today (April 10) to dismiss Clint Reilly’s (pictured) lawsuit against Hearst and MediaNews, paving the way for a jury trial that begins April 30, according to Reuters and Bay City News. MediaNews, owner of 10 dailies in the Bay Area including the Mercury News, and Hearst, the Chronicle’s owner, argued that Reilly hadn’t suffered any economic harm by the consolidation of newspapers in the Bay Area and therefore didn’t have standing to sue them

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Judge ‘inclined’ to let Reilly sue chains

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston (right) said Friday (April 6) that she is “inclined” to rule that San Francisco businessman Clint Reilly (left) has standing to challenge MediaNews Group’s $736.8 million purchase of the Contra Costa Times and San Jose Mercury News. Such a ruling would clear the way for an April 30 trial over Reilly’s allegations that MediaNews and Hearst Corp. are conspiring to create a Bay Area newspaper monopoly that would result in massive layoffs and higher ad

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Newspapers make new pitch to stop trial

MediaNews Group and Hearst are arguing in court papers that San Francisco businessman Clint Reilly (left) doesn’t have the right to sue them in order to stop their plans to consolidate newspaper operations in the Bay Area. The Bay Guardian ran an editorial this week that explains this tactic and argues against it. Reilly’s case goes to trial April 30, unless U.S. District Judge Susan Illston agrees with this new argument advanced by the two newspaper companies.

Chains tell readers to butt out of dispute

Individual readers have no legal right to challenge newspaper acquisitions under antitrust laws, Hearst and MediaNews told the judge in a lawsuit over MediaNews Group’s the recent purchases of the San Jose Mercury News and the Contra Costa Times. According to the Chron, the two newspaper chains filed briefs arguing that San Francisco businessman Clint Reilly lacks standing as a reader to challenge the MediaNews acquisitions. Reilly is trying to undo MediaNews’ $736.8 million purchase last summer of the two

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