Federal judges are pressuring attorneys for the Salt Lake Tribune Publishing Co. and the newspaper's former and current owners — AT&T Corp. and MediaNews Group — to have the case ready for trial before an option the publishing company says it has to buy the newspaper matures in July 2002.
Attorneys for all three companies met today before U.S. Magistrate Samuel Alba. He told them that Judge Tena Campbell, who will oversee the trial, had given him his "marching orders" and wants the trial wrapped up before the end of July 2002.
The attorneys agreed to a June 24, 2002, start date for the four-week trial and also discussed related deadlines throughout the year.
The Tribune publishing company — principals of which owned the newspaper until 1997 — claims AT&T and MediaNews have attempted to destroy its ability to compete with Salt Lake City's other daily newspaper, the Deseret News.
MediaNews is concerned that since the publishing company runs the newspaper's day-to-day operations, it could drive down the paper's value and purchase it at a reduced price.
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