Thursday, September 30, 2010

Split Between Wendy and Barry Appears to be Complete

Back in mid-August I reported that Santa Barbara attorney Barry Cappello is no longer representing News-Press owner Wendy McCaw's Ampersand Publishing in its appeal of the arbitration ruling in favor of former editor Jerry Roberts.

There's an e-mail circulating today among the lawyers involved in several other News-Press matters that are pending before the courts and the NLRB indicating that Cappello is no longer Wendy's attorney in those cases either.

Richard Sutherland, an attorney in Cappello's office, has asked opposing counsel to remove Cappello's firm from their service list, meaning Cappello will no longer be receiving copies of the pleadings and briefs that are filed in those cases.

The e-mail advises that the L.A. law firm of O'Melveny & Meyers will be handling the matter presently pending in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals where the general counsel of the NLRB is trying to overturn the denial of an injunction that would reinstate a number of fired News-Press reporters and that the Zinser firm out of Tennessee (who heretofore has served as co-counsel with Cappello) will be handling all other NLRB-related matters.

By my count, and yes, I'm keeping score, that covers all of the pending labor related litigation that the News-Press is currently involved in.

I guess Wendy knows how to spell "Sayonara."

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