Judge Blocks Newspaper Deal

Law360, New York (December 20, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- After placing a temporary restraining order on MediaNews Group Inc. and Hearst Corp. last month, a California federal judge has taken another step to block two publishers from moving forward with a proposed deal to consolidate some of their newspaper operations in the San Francisco Bay Area.

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston issued a preliminary injunction on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, barring the publishers from entering into an agreement to combine distribution and national advertising sales.

Her order...
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