» Texas Monthly Sues New York Times Over Editor’s Hiring

Texas Monthly Sues New York Times Over Editor’s Hiring

Austin Oil and Gas Attorney, Gregory D. Jordan

Austin Oil and Gas Attorney, Gregory D. Jordan

Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 20, 2014 – In Travis County, Texas, the publisher of Texas Monthly has filed suit against The New York Times Company after the Times hired the magazine’s former editor, Jake Silverstein, to become editor of The
New York Times Magazine.

The lawsuit alleges that the Times tortiously interfered with Silverstein’s three-year contract with Texas Monthly, which does not expire until February 2015. Silverstein is not named as a defendant. “In order to prove tortious interference, Texas Monthly will likely need to show that Silverstein had an enforceable contract with Texas Monthly and that the Times caused Texas Monthly damages by intentionally interfering with that contract,” said Gregory D. Jordan, an Austin business litigation attorney not involved with the case.

A New York Times spokeswoman stated that the company had an understanding with Emmis Publishing, the publisher of Texas Monthly. Allegedly, the two companies agreed that Silverstein would be allowed to exit his contract to work for the Times. As such, she called the magazine’s decision to sue “inexplicable.”

Greg Loewen, the president of Emmis Publishing, said that early in the process, his company had notified the Times that a settlement would have to be
reached to account for the magazine’s costs in finding a new editor. “A lawsuit is obviously not the desired outcome in this type of situation. It is expensive for both parties,” noted Jordan. “And even though the employee is not named as a defendant, the litigation could have significant implications on Silverstein’s ability to continue working with the Times.”

A report in The New York Times initially reported that Silverstein would be named in the lawsuit, but the actual suit named only the Times. Damages of betwee
n $200,000 and $1,000,000 are sought. During Silverstein’s tenure at Texas Monthly, the magazine won four National Magazine Awards and was nominated for eight others.

Law Offices of Gregory D. Jordan
5608 Parkcrest Drive, Suite 310
Austin, Texas 78731
Call: 512-419-0684


View Larger Map

  • Texas letter carrier sues Postal Service alleging discrimination
    A Texas woman has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Postal Service, claiming discrimination. Kimberly L. Cox filed the lawsuit in federal court in Texas on August 4, citing civil rights violations, after her employment was terminated following a work injury. Patrick R. Donahoe, as Postmaster General, is also named as a defendant. According to [...]
  • Appeal Expected in Multi-Million Dollar Case Over Pipeline Partnership
    After a March jury verdict of $319 million in damages, an appeal is expected in a Texas business litigation case that could lead to a $500 million final judgment against the defendant. The case revolves around partnership status between companies. The courts who have tried it already have had to decide whether conduct that may [...]
  • Texas man alleges age discrimination in lawsuit against former employer
    A Texas man has filed a lawsuit in Texas federal court against his former employer, alleging age discrimination. Miguel Cortes filed the lawsuit against Brand Energy Solutions on July 28. Cortes, who is over age 60, said that his supervisor at a Deer Park job site began harassing and humiliating him because of his age. [...]

See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: , , , , ,



Get headlines from Law Firm Newswire sent right to your inbox.

* indicates required