Sunday, May 17, 2009
We just received this from Stephen Hadland, the CEO of the Santa Monica Media Company, the company whose offer to buy the Tucson Citizen was turned down by Gannett:
The Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard filed suit in Federal Court against Lee Enterprises and Gannett Corporation just before 5 PM Friday afternoon. The Attorney General is also seeking a Temporary Restraining Order preventing the shutdown of the Tucson Citizen.
The Judge assigned to the case is U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins.
The Judge has set a hearing in the matter of the closing of the Tucson Citizen. The hearing will be held in Tucson Federal Court at 9:30 AM Monday morning. Lee and Gannett are flying in their Chief Counsels.
They have both filed motions to dismiss the Case.
I understand the US Department of Justice is also flying in a representative.
I personally believe the Attorney General will prevail.