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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Faegre can't represent Strib in battle over Par

Ramsey County District Court Judge David Higgs disqualified Faegre & Benson from representing the Star Tribune it in its dispute with the St. Paul Pioneer Press over the departure of publisher Par Ridder.

Higgs based his order on the fact that Faegre's Denver office has represented the Denver Post, MediaNews Group Inc.'s flagship newspaper. MediaNew Group also controls the Pioneer Press, which the judge found created a conflict of interest. Higgs was unpersuaded by Faegre's argument that there was no conflict because the two lawyers who handled the work for the Denver Post were leaving the firm.

See "Judge: Law firm can't represent Star Tribune" for more coverage.

Ah yes, almost makes one feel sorry for the Faegre media law group. The newspaper battle of the century is shaping up, and they will have to read about in the press like the rest of us. While some might call this order a disqualification, I prefer to refer to it as an "involuntary buyout."

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