Two newspapers in Pima County sought to stop publishing one of the papers and share the profits on the other paper, pursuant to a change in their ongoing Joint Operating Agreement. Judge denied state’s request for TRO, on grounds that newspaper was a “failing firm.” State dismissed complaint.
Ohio v. Village Voice Media, LLC, No. CV03492804, (Ct. Com. Pl., 2003); California v. Village Voice Media, LLC, No. BC 289225, (Calif. Super. Ct, 2003)
Plaintiff States sought civil forfeiture and injunctive relief in separate suits alleging that Village Voice Media, LLC (Village Voice) and NT Media, LLC (New Times) conspired to restrain competition in local alternative newsweekly markets through a market allocation agreement.
State sought to enjoin Defendant newspaper companies from closing down a newspaper, alleging that the closure of the newspaper would reduce the amount of competition in the newspaper business, in violation of Sherman Act, §§ 1 and 2.