$15.6M Awarded In San Francisco Newspaper Clash

Law360, New York (March 6, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A jury on Wednesday ordered the San Francisco Weekly to pay $15.6 million in damages to rival alternative weekly the San Francisco Bay Guardian for allegedly slashing ad rates in a bid to drive its competitor out of business, in a contentious court battle that underscores the dire state of newspaper revenues nationwide.

The 12-member jury in the San Francisco Superior Court decided after a 33-day trial that the chain-owned Weekly must shell out $6.3 million in damages for purposely undercutting the independently owned Guardian by...
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