DENVER JOA GETS JUDGE’S SUPPORT

By: Staff Reports

Advertisers Lose Injunction Request


The three-month-old Denver Newspaper Agency (DNA), the business arm of The Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News joint operating agreement, got a vote of confidence Thursday when a judge refused to grant an injunction filed by American Furniture Warehouse Co. over increased advertising rates.

U.S. District Court Judge John Kane refused to reverse the combination of business operations at Denver’s two daily newspapers. American Furniture Warehouse Co., owned by Jake Jabs, filed a federal lawsuit on March 30, along with 20 other Denver advertisers.

Kirk MacDonald, CEO of the DNA, said in a company release that he is confident the Denver Newspaper Agency will prevail, adding that a JOA has never been successfully challenged. Former Attorney General Janet Reno approved the JOA on Jan. 5.

The Post and News entered a JOA after a long newspaper war. The Denver Post is owned by MediaNews Group Inc. and the Rocky Mountain News is an E.W. Scripps newspaper.



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