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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.
NEWS
October 30, 2013 | BY CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writer brennac@phillynews.com, 215-854-5973
A PHILADELPHIA Common Pleas judge is now mulling whether a legal dispute between the owners of the Daily News , Inquirer and Philly.com should be heard in civil court here or in Delaware's Chancery Court. Judge Patricia McInerney heard an hour's worth of arguments from lawyers for both sides yesterday before holding what appeared to be a private 45-minute meeting in her chambers with the two media company owners at odds in the dispute, Lewis Katz and George Norcross III. Norcross, after emerging from the judge's chambers, declined to comment when asked if McInerney tried to get Katz and him to resolve the dispute together.
NEWS
October 14, 2013 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Call it the Fourth Estate 2.0. More and more newspapers, magazines, and online media venues are going into streaming video - live or scripted TV online. Some of the biggest names in media are romancing the vid: the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Vanity Fair, the New York Times, National Geographic. This transcends the watch-live options already available at CNN.com, NBCNews.com, and the Al Jazeeras. This is content meant to stand on its own. Fledged in summer 2012, HuffPost Live offers a 12-hour day of live shows from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. With chairs, sofas, and a couple of cameras, hosts sit in HuffPost's L.A. and New York offices.
NEWS
October 11, 2013 | BY WILL BUNCH, Daily News Staff Writer bunchw@phillynews.com, 215-854-2957
THE OWNERS of Philadelphia's daily newspapers are taking their squabble over the future of the Inquirer to a courtroom. Entities representing two owners with 42 percent ownership of the parent company of the Daily News, Inquirer and Philly.com filed suit in Common Pleas Court yesterday seeking to reinstate ousted Inquirer editor Bill Marimow. The two Interstate General Media stakeholders - parking-lot magnate Lewis Katz and philanthropist H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest - are also asking for the removal of Robert J. Hall, the publisher of the Inquirer and Daily News . A 10-page legal complaint alleges that Hall's firing of Marimow - a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter on his second stint as Inquirer editor - on Monday was "unauthorized, unforeseen and ill-advised.
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