Inquirer Owners Suing Inquirer Publisher

For firing Inquirer editor.


Just when you thought the bizarre management situation at the Philadelphia Inquirer couldn’t get any more heated, this happens: Lewis Katz and H.G. “Gerry” Lenfest, two of the three managing partners who own the Inky, the Daily Newsand, are suing their own publisher Robert Hall, claiming he overstepped his authority in firing editor-in-chief Bill Marimow earlier this week.

The complaint, filed in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court by H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest and Lewis Katz, calls for a judge to immediately reinstate Marimow to his post and hold a hearing on their contract dispute….The lawsuit, filed shortly after noon, contends he took that step without authority and “in direct violation of the explicit provisions of the agreement” among the six principal owners governing operation of IGM.

Fellow managing partner George Norcross III, needless to say, is on Hall’s side on this one, and has repeatedly clashed with Katz over the direction of the newspaper. And just to make the whole matter even more juicy–guess who’s representing Katz? None other than uberlawyer Dick Sprague, who knows a thing or two about litigation involving the city’s two dailies. [Inquirer]

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  • $11996062

    Norcross is behind this mess. They need to fire Norcross, Hall and the daughter Lexie. These three will only cause problems. Putting them on a leash is not enough. Get their toxic behinds out. George Norcross is vindictive and dirty

  • Vince

    They all deserve each other.

  • George

    Norcross is Weasel. Get Norcross out of the entire equation and don’t do business with that Criminal. You’ve been warned

  • Angela

    Norcross continues to Bully Residents in Cherry Hill New Jersey and do what he damn well pleases. We know he is behind this deal. He wants to put camden residents in Cherry Hill and Gloucester Township so he can control camden waterfront and philly as well. He needs to be stopped. He is going to steal, lie and control. It will be a one world order – Norcross must be taken down by the Federal Grand Jury NOW AND TAKE THAT CHEAP DAUGHTER TOO.

    Woodcrest Owners Sue, Seek to Build 844 Housing Units

    First Montgomery Group went on the offensive against Cherry Hillin the latest addition to the legal fight over the club’s future.

    Posted by Bryan Littel (Editor) , October 11, 2013 at 12:30 AM

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    Woodcrest Country Club’s owners want to build 844 housing units on the property, according to a suit filed in Superior Court. Photo via the Department of the Interior/USGS.

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    The new owners of Woodcrest Country Club have upped the ante in the fight over potential residential development at the site, filing suit against Cherry HillTownship for the right to build as many as 844 units on the golf course.

    First Montgomery Group, which has already appealed a state decision excluding much of the golf course from sewer service, is suing the township in a joint action with Fair Share Housing Center in Superior Court, seeking to have the courts throw out the township’s 2011 housing plan and allow development, including 169 affordable units, at Woodcrest.

    Township officials, who have been steadfast in opposition to any development at the property, called the suit the latest in First Montgomery Group’s “schoolyard bully tactics,” and reiterated their stance of blocking any housing at Woodcrest.

    “From day one, the First Montgomery Group has spewed nothing but lies and deceit to the residents of Cherry Hill,” Mayor Chuck Cahn said in a joint statement with members of township council. “Today, the full extent of that deception has come to light.”

    “We are outraged by First Montgomery’s disingenuous attempts to move into our community like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, promising at first to ‘maintain the integrity’ of this vast swath of open space because its owners ‘value[d] Woodcrest Country Club’s historical ties to the community.’

    “We now know that these developers value nothing about the property but dollar signs.”

    Though First Montgomery Group has consistently declined to comment about the legal action swirling around the club—“It’s not our intention to fight with the town in the press,” Matthew Haydinger, one of the group’s principals, said in a recent email—Fair Share Housing representatives said Woodcrest, which is one of six properties specifically named in an 20-year-old agreement as a possible site for affordable development, represents a clear opportunity for the township to meet its affordable housing obligations.

    “It’s a site that’s been in the plans since 1993,” Fair Share Associate Director Kevin Walsh said. “We expect the township will keep the commitment it made.”

    Walsh hit the township for not doing more to abide with the Mount Laurel decision, which governs affordable housing in the state—“It’s far from meeting its obligations,” he said—and said Woodcrest is a key piece in creating equity for local residents in a township where the average home value is now $230,000.

    With a family of three qualifying for affordable housing even when making as much as $57,000, Walsh said the issue of Cherry Hill’s unmet obligations—exactly how much that entails is disputed, and still a matter of litigation—affects many households.

    “These are working folks who are having trouble making ends meet,” he said. “This is a matter of basic economics. People are going to be excluded.”

    But township officials said the fight is over keeping one of the last pieces of open space in Cherry Hill as just that, as well as protecting the historical and environmental significance of the property.

    “Let us be clear: We do not and will not support development of any kind on the Woodcrest Country Club property,” Cahn said. “This has been our stance from the beginning, and it will not change. We will not be threatened into submission.”

    While the course is zoned for institutional use—which would allow a narrow window of development, including for medical or educational uses—First Montgomery Group has already claimed the sewer exclusion makes the club nonviable in its appeal to the state Department of Environmental Protection, the first hint the group was pushing for housing at the course.

    First Montgomery paid $10.1 million for the property earlier this year, beating out several other bidders, including Camden County and an investment group led by Camden County Democratic Party leader George E. Norcross III.

    Though the developer initially re-launched the course by calling it “The Village at Woodcrest,” that moniker—and any inferences that could’ve been drawn from it—disappeared soon after the club reopened as a $125-per-round daily-fee course.

  • Do NOT doulblecross Norcross

    I think Mr Norcross is a nice man. After all, he owns Cooper Hospital, insurance companies, Delaware River Port Authority and got his close friend Joseph Ripa’s daughter Kelly a job at his fiend’s bank doing commercials. He wants the papers to be consistent with his “God-Fearing” beliefs.

    • Ravitz agrees

      Ravitz family agrees

  • Guest

    Norcross can kiss my butt. He’s nothing but a white collar criminal

  • Guest

    Gods made Norcross and god will take hime out. All the money in the world can by your health He better back off.

  • Gods incontol

    People Hate Norcross. He’s pure evil

    No grace and no mercy
    What he’s done is unforgivable and no good will come to him or his family and friends

    Norcross is an evil wicked arrogant criminal who will be accountable for his dirty Sins

    The Sins of the father fall down on the children