Readers can challenge Media Mergers

According to the San Fransisco Chronicle.

Clint Reilly can go to trial in a lawsuit opposing a newspaper chain's acquisitions of the San Jose Mercury News and Contra Costa Times, a federal judge ruled Tuesday, saying readers have the right to challenge media mergers under antitrust laws.


U.S. District Judge Susan Illston said federal law recognizes the public's concern in maintaining competition and diversity in the news media. She noted that a separate federal law, the Newspaper Preservation Act, allows a financially troubled paper to combine business operations with a rival paper as long as they keep their editorial departments independent.

That law shows that "Congress values the existence of separate sources of newspaper content in a community, and that loss of separate sources injures consumers," Illston wrote.