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Court Favors Detroit Dailies

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Court Favors Detroit Dailies

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Appeals panel agrees that papers need not seek approval for changes in JOA

In a ruling that could have wide application among newspaper joint operating agreements, a federal appeals court upheld a ruling that papers do not have to get federal approval whenever they alter their JOA.

At issue in the three-judge panel's ruling, released Oct. 9, was the JOA that took the most tortured route to approval and was easily the most controversial: the merger of business and production operations by Knight Ridder's Detroit Free Press and Gannett Co.'s Detroit News.

A group of civic and political leaders who support the six unions that began a 19-month strike in July 1995 sued the newspapers and their joint agency, Detroit Newspapers, alleging they violated antitrust law by printing a combined edition during the first nine weeks of the strike.

The plaintiffs - including Detroit's late Mayor Coleman Young and City Council president Maryann Mahaffey - claimed the 1989 agreement approving the JOA required the papers to get explicit U. …

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