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September 18, 2007 / Toby Dayton

Judge Rules Against Par Ridder And Star Tribune

In what should be the final chapter (but probably won’t be given the likelihood of an appeal) in the corporate malfeasance saga involving the Minneapolis Star Tribune, its publisher Par Ridder, and the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Ramsey County Judge David Higgs ruled in favor of the St. Paul Pioneer Press and MediaNews Group and against Avista Capital Partners, the Star Tribune, and Par Ridder. The ruling stated that Ridder’s non-compete was not valid but that he had, in fact, misappropriated confidential information from the Pioneer Press. (Previous posts on the case can be seen here, here, and especially here).

As a result, the judge ruled that Par Ridder must step down from his role as publisher of the Star Tribune and cannot work for or deliver services to the paper for a period of at least one year. In addition, Judge Higgs ordered that defendant Jennifer Parratt, who Ridder hired away from the Pioneer Press after he had jumped across the river to the competing daily, is also barred from working for the Star Tribune for a year. And just to add insult to injury, the judge ruled that the plaintiffs are entitled to an award of attorney’s fees and costs from the case.

As if Avista didn’t already have enough pain and suffering on their plate.

[tags]Par Ridder, Star Tribune, Pioneer Press, MediaNews Group, Judge’s Ruling In Star Tribune Case, Misappropriation Of Confidential Information, Corporate Espionage, Out Of The Frying Pan & Into The Fire, Corporate Malfeasance[/tags]