Friday, March 23, 2007
A judge has delayed until October a trial involving San Francisco's two alternative weekly newspapers. The Bay Guardian, owned by Bruce Brugmann, is suing Village Voice Media, owner the SF Weekly and East Bay Express. Brugmann claims the chain violated state law by using profits generated at its 16 other papers to subsidize illegally cheap ads in San Francisco in order to run his paper out of business. The trial had been set for July 16, but San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard A. Kramer changed the date to Oct. 15 because Village Voice Media has new counsel and the new counsel just learned about a number of documents that needed to be given to the Guardian. The Guardian has been covering every development in the case, even routine pre-trial conferences, while the SF Weekly hasn't printed a word about it.