Court lets Bay Guardian seek payment in ad case

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A legal dispute between San Francisco’s alternative weekly newspapers has escalated under a new court order allowing the Bay Guardian to try to collect $21 million in damages from the SF Weekly.

A San Francisco Superior Court commissioner on Wednesday granted the Bay Guardian’s request to place a lien on the Weekly’s holding company, Phoenix-based New Times Media, and the company’s assets in the Village Voice newspaper chain.

The SF Weekly has resisted paying as it appeals a jury’s 2008 finding that it engaged in predatory price-cutting on advertisements.

Attorneys for the newspapers disagree on whether the lien would let the Bay Guardian seek to sell off any of the chain’s newspapers or demand straight-up payment.

The Bay Guardian is owned by local publisher Bruce Brugmann.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,