Tags: new york times | texas monthly | magazine | hiring | editor | lawsuit

Texas Monthly Slaps NY Times With $1 Million Suit Over Magazine Hire

Saturday, 12 Apr 2014 07:38 PM

 

Texas Monthly sued The New York Times Co. for as much as $1 million over the hiring of its top editor to join the newspaper's magazine division before his contract expired.

Emmis Publishing LP, which owns Texas Monthly, said it contacted Dean Baquet, the Times' managing editor, upon learning the newspaper was having job discussions with Jake Silverstein, Texas Monthly's editor-in-chief, according to a copy of a lawsuit filed Friday in state court in Austin.

Ian Arnold, Emmis's general counsel, told Baquet that "Texas Monthly expected to be compensated" for the cost of finding a replacement editor if Silverstein was hired away before his contract expired in February 2015, according to the filing.

"Despite Baquet's assurances," the Times didn't notify Texas Monthly of the job offer, and the magazine learned of the hiring from Silverstein shortly before the newspaper publicly announced it on March 28, according to the lawsuit.

Texas Monthly seeks between $200,000 and $1 million in damages resulting from the Times's tortious actions"in inducing Silverstein to break his employment contract.

Silverstein, who will start as editor of the paper's Sunday magazine in May, isn't personally sued in the complaint.

"We had an understanding with Emmis during the search that Jake would be permitted to exit his contract with Emmis and take the job,"said Eileen Murphy, a spokeswoman for the New York Times, in an e-mail. We believe there is no basis for a lawsuit."

Silverstein declined to comment on the lawsuit. Kate Snedeker, an Emmis spokeswoman, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.    

In the six years Silverstein has served as Texas Monthly's top editor, the Austin-based magazine has been nominated for 11 National Magazine Awards, and won two for general excellence and feature writing.

The magazine has a paid circulation of 300,000, according to its website.


© Copyright 2015 Bloomberg News. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

WHO Mulls Reforms to Repair Reputation after Bungling Ebola

Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 07:17 AM

The World Health Organization is debating how to reform itself after botching the response to the Ebola outbreak, a slug . . .

Netanyahu Defends Planned Congress Speech as Anti-Iran Strategy

Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 07:11 AM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended on Sunday a planned speech to the U.S. Congress about Iran, saying he . . .

Edward Snowden: Apple iPhone With Secret iFeature Allows Government to Spy on You

Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 23:37 PM

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden won't use an Apple iPhone because he says it has special soft . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved