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Arbitrator Orders Santa Barbara News-Press to Pay Former Editor

citizenmccaw22222.jpgThe Wendy McCaw saga continues, AP reports:

An arbitrator has rejected the Santa Barbara News-Press’ $25 million claim against its former editor and ordered the newspaper’s owner to pay more than $900,000 in fees stemming from their dispute.

Arbitrator Deborah Rothman said Ampersand Publishing, parent company of the News-Press, believed it “lost prestige and credibility in the Santa Barbara community” from comments former editor Jerry Roberts made, and it went after the journalist in a “scorched-earth, take-no-prisoners, go-for-broke fashion.” She said the company spent about $2.4 million litigating the claim against Roberts.

Rothman decided that Ampersand should pay nearly $750,000 in legal fees Roberts incurred and about $167,000 in arbitration fees and expenses. Her 68-page decision was made available Friday; a judge will have to decide whether to confirm or vacate the judgment.

And:

“The award is a decisive victory for ethical journalism,” Roberts said in a statement. “Ethics, not money, was always the issue for me.”

Now we just have to wait if a judge confirms the amount. Wow, even their media brawls up there are PRICEY. Yeesh.

Previously on FBLA:

  • Citizen McCaw Screened Despite Cease and Desist
  • ‘Citizen McCaw’ To Hit Public Television This Weekend
  • Wendy McCaw(ful) Destroys Yet Another Publication
  • Wendy McCaw(ful) is the Ted Haggard of the Newspaper Biz
  • NLRB Files More Complaints Against Wendy McCaw(ful)

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