A Santa Clara, Calif., firm has sued the Los Angeles Times and its parent, Times Mirror, on antitrust grounds, accusing them of refusing to accept a certain form of advertising because it would compete with The Times' own efforts to sell ads.
Westech ExpoCorp, which produces job fairs, asked the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles for an injunction that would require The Times to accept the firm's pre-printed tabloid containing job recruitment ads.
The Times agreed to accept Westech ads that publicize the firm's job fairs but wouldn't accept the pre-printed tabloid section that Westech wanted to be distributed as an insert in Sunday editions.
"We have for over a year been publishing Westech's ads in the classified pages of The Times, but we have a right not to distribute his separate publication," said William A. Niese, vice president and general counsel for the newspaper. "And we are quite confident that the antitrust laws do not require us to distribute his separate publication."