The firing of the editor in chief at the Philadelphia Inquirer that touched off a legal brawl between the wealthy owners has been reversed in court.
Publisher Robert Hall once told workers the current lawsuit represents the “Allies versus Axis powers,” and they “can’t be Switzerland and sit neutral in the middle,” according to recent testimony.
Lawyers and rival owner factions at the Philadelphia Inquirer return to a City Hall courtroom this morning for more arguments, as a Common Pleas Judge tries to decide who is in charge.
High-powered lawyers made their pitches on venue: Philadelphia, where the papers are based; or Delaware, where the company is incorporated.
Ten lawyers marched single-file into a judge’s chambers for private, closed-door talks, after which in open court the judge said only that she would hear arguments next week on where the case should be heard.
In a two-week span, publisher Bob Hall fired editor Bill Marimow, two co-owners filed a lawsuit seeking to re-instate Marimow and fire Hall, and another owner filed a counter-suit.
When publisher Robert Hall fired Inquirer editor Bill Marimow last week, the feud among the owners of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News become public.
Two of the Inquirer’s owners are suing its parent company and its publisher.
There’s been another shake-up at the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Bill Marimow was unceremoniously yanked as executive editor when hedge funds took control of the papers a year and a half ago, but two days after local investors bought the paper, Marimow was rehired for his old job.
Greg Osberg officially takes over at the Inquirer today, and demoting editor Bill Marimow back to reporter was among his first orders of business.