Feds sue to block California newspaper deal

Mar 17, 2016 4:15 PM by News Staff

The Justice Department has filed an antitrust lawsuit in an attempt to block Tribune Publishing's purchase of the Orange County Register and Press-Enterprise newspapers in Southern California.

The department says it sued Thursday because the sale would give Tribune a monopoly over newspaper sales in two California counties and allow it to increase subscription prices and advertising rates.

The Press-Enterprise is based in Riverside County.

Earlier Thursday, Tribune announced it had placed the winning $56 million bid for bankrupt Freedom Communications' newspapers. Tribune already operates the Los Angeles Times and The San Diego Union-Tribune.

A federal bankruptcy court judge still must approve the sale and has scheduled a hearing for Monday.


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