JOA Legal Fight Officially Ends in Seattle

By: E&P Staff The owners of Seattle's two daily newspapers can finally end the four-year legal fight between themselves.

King County Superior Court Judge Greg Canova last week dismissed the lawsuit The Hearst Corp., owner of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, filed against The Seattle Times Co. in April 2003. Both companies had requested the dismissal.

The Times and Hearst announced this April that they had settled the long-running dispute. They agreed to delay asking Canova to dismiss the lawsuit until the settlement became final.

They agreed the deal would close only after The Times and its owners paid Hearst $24 million. Then, the family-controlled Blethen Corp., The Times' majority owner, would agree to extend ? potentially to 2083 ? Hearst's previously negotiated first right to buy the Blethens' stake in The Times if the family ever sells.

Both conditions were met and the settlement closed Aug. 1.

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