California’s Great Newspaper Battle Is Over

Well that was anticlimactic.

The great California newspaper war between the San Francisco Bay Guardian and the SF Weekly was one of the most venomous and presumably high-stakes newspaper wars this state had ever seen. But it seems to have gone out with a whimper. The two parties have apparently settled on “mutually acceptable terms” after the Bay Guardian was awarded nearly $21 million by a jury in an anti-trust suit. No one is saying what those terms are.

The Bay Guardian was surprisingly mum, saying only “Specific terms of the settlement are confidential, as is often the case in business-related litigation.”

Meanwhile, the SF Weekly said nothing of consequence about the settlement–other than the fact that the Weekly‘s print and web outlets will continue to operate per usual. It was widely thought the paper would be forced to shut down as a result of the settlement.

A side observation: The Weekly used the graphic above in its post on the settlement–which shows the scales of justice tipping in its favor. Kind of funny since it lost the case. But we digress.