US judge schedules hearing in Vegas newspaper case

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Associated Press

Posted on August 28, 2013 at 12:02 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge says he'll hear arguments on a claim by the family publisher of the Las Vegas Sun that the parent company of the Las Vegas Review-Journal is improperly trying kill their joint operating agreement.

U.S. District Judge James Mahan scheduled arguments Sept. 6 and issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday to keep the newspapers' publishing agreement in place past a Sept. 1 date.

Sun Publisher Brian Greenspun alleges in an Aug. 20 civil lawsuit that an offer from Stephens Media LLC to buy out his newspaper and Internet interests violates federal antitrust law and a 1989 joint operating agreement overseen by the U.S. Justice Department.

Stephens Media CEO Mike Ferguson calls the lawsuit meritless and denies Greenspun's claim that Stephens is trying to form a monopoly.

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