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Philadelphia Inquirer Sued Over Top Editor Marimow’s Ouster (1)

October 10, 2013

Two members of Philadelphia Inquirer owner Interstate General Media LLC sued the company and the newspaper’s publisher over the ouster of editor-in-chief Bill Marimow.

Marimow, a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, was fired Oct. 7 without approval, H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, a Pennsylvania philanthropist, and former New Jersey Nets owner Lewis Katz said in a complaint filed today in state court in Philadelphia.

Publisher Robert Hall’s “unauthorized action” promises to have a “major injurious impact” on the company, according to the complaint. Hall’s status as publisher is in question, according to the filing. Marimow said he’s willing and able to return to his position immediately, according to the complaint, which seeks a court order declaring the firing null and void.

“Hall lacked the authority to fire the editor of the newspaper, a major business decision that should not have been -- and could not be -- taken without the unanimous approval of the management committee,” according to the complaint.

Hall didn’t immediately return a phone message requesting comment on the lawsuit.

The investor group bought the newspaper and its sister publication, the Daily News, in April 2012 for $55 million.

The case is Intertrust GCN LP v. Interstate General Media LLC, 131000654, Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia County (Philadelphia)

To contact the reporter on this story: Sophia Pearson in Philadelphia at spearson3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net


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