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January 12, 2014 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia judge has ordered the owners battling for control of The Inquirer's parent company to come to her courtroom Monday, and explain why she should not dissolve their partnership and approve a public auction of the company. In an order issued late Friday, Common Pleas Court Judge Patricia A. McInerney scheduled a 10 a.m. hearing on a petition filed by Lewis Katz and H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest to dissolve the 2012 partnership that formed Interstate General Media. "We asked for this expedited decision and are very pleased with this outcome," their spokesman, Jay Devine, said in an e-mail.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writer
The battling owners of The Inquirer's parent company are vowing to outbid each other if the company is dissolved and put up for sale in a process that could take months. H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest said Tuesday that he and Lewis Katz have tried to recruit new investors in their bid for Interstate General Media. "We'd seek other appropriate investors who want to join us," Lenfest said in an interview, declining to elaborate. George E. Norcross III, their main rival, "has made it clear" that he, too, will bid to own the company, said his spokesman, Dan Fee. He noted that Norcross has offered to buy Katz's and Lenfest's shares at a 12 percent premium from their initial investment.
NEWS
January 7, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHEN JULIE Liedman arrived at the Philadelphia Bulletin as a fresh-faced kid out of Penn State in 1967, she needed to learn how to be a reporter and writer for a big-city daily. Lucky for her, there was a friendly, lighthearted and supremely talented editor to help her learn the trade. Peggy Higgins was suburban editor for the Bulletin and she took Julie under her wing. A sharp contrast to some of the gruff and crusty men who ran the news operation for the newspaper that nearly everybody read, Peggy was kind and understanding.
NEWS
January 5, 2014 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
TWO INVESTORS in the company that owns the Inquirer , the Daily News and Philly.com have asked different judges to approve competing plans to auction the media properties. Lewis Katz, one of five investors in Interstate General Media Holdings, filed a petition Thursday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court to dissolve the company. George Norcross III, an investor at odds with Katz for months, filed his own petition yesterday in Chancery Court of Delaware, the state where the company was incorporated in 2012.
NEWS
December 25, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
LANGHORNE What started as a journalistic exercise at Neshaminy High School may end in a courtroom. A law firm representing student newspaper editors has told school officials that the editors plan to resume their ban on printing the word redskin - and that any attempt to stop them would be unconstitutional. "The students will proceed in accordance with their published policy and, if disciplined for doing so, will take action to defend their rights," said the seven-page letter sent Friday by lawyers at Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz.
NEWS
November 27, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
THE LEGAL struggle continued yesterday between the owners of the Daily News , Inquirer and Philly.com as one side appealed a judge's order from Friday that reinstated Inquirer editor Bill Marimow. A faction of four owners, led by George Norcross III, asked the state Superior Court to consider an expedited appeal of Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Patricia McInerney's ruling. In a court filing, that group said McInerney "inexplicably" ruled that Norcross and another owner, Lewis Katz, had to jointly agree on major business decisions, such as firing an editor.
NEWS
November 17, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
THE LEGAL BATTLE being waged among the investors who own the Philadelphia Inquirer , Daily News and Philly.com is shaping up to answer one key question: Was Robert J. Hall acting with the traditional authority of a publisher when he fired Inquirer editor Bill Marimow on Oct. 7, or was he serving as an inside agent of owner George Norcross III? The struggle was cast in World War II terminology in court yesterday when Joseph Podraza Jr., an attorney for owners Lewis Katz and H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, pressed Hall on the issue.
NEWS
November 15, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
LEWIS KATZ said yesterday that he had never partnered with George Norcross III in a business and that he insisted on "blocking rights" for any decisions to be made when they formed a company last year to purchase the Daily News , Inquirer and Philly.com. "I wanted to make sure, since I was putting up the same amount of money as Mr. Norcross, that we have equal power in the agreement," Katz testified in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, where he is seeking injunctions to reinstate fired Inquirer editor Bill Marimow and remove publisher Robert J. Hall from his post.
NEWS
November 1, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
A FRESH ROUND of volleys was fired yesterday in the ongoing battle between warring factions of Interstate General Media, the parent company of the Daily News , Inquirer and Philly.com. George Norcross III, IGM's co-managing partner, and William Hankowsky, one of the company's managing directors, released a joint statement detailing a $29 million offer to buy out Lewis Katz, the company's other co-managing partner, and chairman H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest. The offer was rejected.
NEWS
October 31, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
GLADYS MARY SMITH was one of the best friends the Daily News and Inquirer ever had. For more than 20 years, Miss Polly, as she was affectionately known, delivered the newspapers in the West Philadelphia area with an unrivaled passion and dedication. Folks who lived near her home on Catharine Street would hear her car rev up at 3 or 4 a.m. on Sundays to handle the Sunday Inquirer. Those who knew her - and just about everybody did - would roll over and say, "There goes Miss Polly to deliver the papers.
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