Attorneys have quietly resumed a legal fight over The Salt Lake Tribune's business dealings with its main rival, the Mormon church-owned Deseret News — even as a new poll reveals most Utahns support The Tribune's continued operation.
In a series of discovery requests, the grass-roots group Citizens for Two Voices has targeted The Tribune's top managers at New York-based Digital First Media (DFM) and executives over the News with new demands for internal documents, the group's attorney Karra Porter said.
The case in Salt Lake City's U.S. District Court had been on hold since July in what lawyers said was a mutual cease-fire to foster behind-the-scenes talks on a possible Tribune sale. Those prospects reportedly dimmed, several sources said, and litigation resumed about two weeks ago when the court hiatus expired.
"We're back in action," said Citizens for Two Voices spokeswoman Joan O'Brien, a former Tribune editor and reporter. "We never really stopped in many ways."