Judge raises amount SF Weekly must pay

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Marla Miller on Monday raised the amount the SF Weekly must pay in damages to the Bay Guardian — from $6.3 million to $15.9 million — for undercutting its rival with below-cost ads, the Chronicle reports. Miller also put a 10-year injunction on the Weekly, barring it from selling display ads below cost. The SF Weekly, part of the Village Voice Media chain of alt-weeklies, has vowed to appeal. Its lawyers argue the Guardian lost

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Judge will likely bar paper’s cut-rate ad sales

U.S. District Judge Marla Miller said Friday that she will likely issue an injunction barring the SF Weekly from selling cut-rate advertising as a way of putting the competing Bay Guardian out of business, according to the AP and other media. Miller also said she is inclined to more than double the damages a jury awarded to the Guardian in its dispute with the Weekly, from $6.3 million to $15.6 million. The higher amount equals a year’s worth of the

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SF Weekly owner doesn’t want to pay up

The corporate owner of the SF Weekly is vowing to make it hard for the Bay Guardian to collect the $15.6 million it was awarded by a San Francisco jury on Thursday. The jury found that the Weekly, owned by the 16-paper Village Voice Media chain, sold ads at below cost for 12 years in an attempt to run the locally owned Guardian out of business, in violation of California’s predatory pricing law. In a post trial commentary on its

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Guardian wins $15 million in SF Weekly suit

A San Francisco jury this afternoon awarded the Bay Guardian $15.6 million after determining that the SF Weekly and its corporate owner illegally sold below-cost ads in an attempt to run the locally-owned paper out of business, the Guardian, AP and the Chron report. At the end of the five-week trial, Guardian Publisher Bruce Brugmann told the jury that his paper would have to close if it lost the case. Jurors were told that the SF Weekly had lost money

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Weeklies slam each other as they go to trial

The sniping between San Francisco’s two alternative weeklies has become so intense that the papers are running corrections of each other’s stories. The bickering involves the Guardian’s predatory pricing lawsuit against the SF Weekly and its owners Village Voice Media. The trial began Thursday in San Francisco Superior Court. Each paper is posting online updates that are loaded with attacks on their competitor. A few quotes and headlines: GUARDIAN: “It’s extraordinary how the SF Weekly can take a clear legal

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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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East Bay Express editor buys paper from chain

East Bay Express editor Stephen Buel and a group of investors have purchased the 60,000-circulation alternative weekly from the Village Voice Media chain, which also owns the SF Weekly and other free weeklies nationwide. The deal closed yesterday (May 17) and the price hasn’t been disclosed. Buel’s partners in the deal are Hal Brody, who started an alt-weekly in Kansas City and sold it in 1999 to the firm that became Village Voice Media, and co-founder and calendar editor Kelly

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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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