Tucson Newspapers TRO

This case involves an antitrust challenge by the Arizona Attorney General to the closing of a newspaper, The Tucson Citizen, by the owner of the remaining newspaper, The Arizona Daily Star. With the support of Eric Henson and Compass Lexecon’s Tucson office staff, Professor Joseph Kalt filed an affidavit demonstrating that the Arizona Daily Star would not be able to successfully exercise any alleged monopoly power because consumers, both readers and advertisers, had access to many alternative media and that the “competition” at issue was between two products produced, marketed and priced by a single firm. The Court then rejected the Attorney General’s request for a temporary restraining order. We were retained by attorneys representing the newspapers including, Don Kaplan from K&L Gates LLP and Gordon Lang from Nixon Peabody LLP.