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INDEPENDENT NEWS DEALERS FILE CLASS ACTION SUIT AGAINST PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE AND OTHER NEWSPAPER COMPANIES

 PITTSBURGH, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- A class action lawsuit has been filed against the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Pittsburgh Press on behalf of some 145 independent area news dealers, who had contracts with the Post-Gazette and the Press to distribute the Post-Gazette.
 They allege their distributorships, contracts and territorial rights were violated, breached and terminated at various periods of time between May 18, 1992, when the strike against the Press began, through Jan. 18, 1993, when the Post-Gazette resumed publication.
 Among the damages being sought by the news dealers are lost profits incurred from the start of the strike through the present, and payment to them of the fair value of their property rights in their contracts and protected territories. The value of these distributorships is substantial, according to the dealers, many of whom had expanded their operations at their own cost, with the blessing of the Post-Gazette and the Press, which distributed the Post-Gazette under a Joint Operating Agreement.
 In addition to asserting breach of distributorship contracts and territorial routes, and the termination of these, the dealers say the newspaper companies breached their duty of good faith and fair dealing in the performance of their duties under contracts, and that as a result, they were unjustly enriched.
 The suit further states there was wrongful interference with these news dealers' contractual business relations with the Post-Gazette and the Press by various corporations such as Blade Communications, Inc., of Toledo, Ohio; the E.W. Scripps Company of Ohio, and Scripps Howard, Inc., of Ohio.
 The news dealers also believe that two or more of the above mentioned corporations conspired to bring about the termination of these contracts without any justification. That conspiracy and the failure to deal in good faith with companies expressing a desire to purchase the Press and keep a second newspaper operating in western Pennsylvania is strong evidence of the intent to economically injure the class plaintiffs and class members.
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 /CONTACT: Stanley V. Ostrow or Gary E. Wieczorek of Tucker Arensberg, P.C., 412-594-5558/


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