Testimony Ends in Inky Court Case; Is a Settlement in the Offing?

Or will Bill Marimow get his job back?

Testimony has ended in the court case involving the Inquirer’s owners and the firing of former editor Bill Marimow. Dan Fee, a spokesman for the majority ownership group headed by George Norcross, released a statement: “Today, the attorneys representing IGM Managing Member George E. Norcross III, Interstate General Media, and Publisher Bob Hall, rested their case before Judge McInerney. The majority owners are moving to dismiss the request for an injunction seeking the reinstatement of former Editor Bill Marimow. One of the two injunctions the minority owners sought, the dismissal of Publisher Bob Hall, has already been dismissed by the Judge.”

Philly Mag’s Steve Volk, reporting from the courtroom, adds: “The defense rested this morning without calling Norcross. [Richard] Sprague [attorney for minority owners Gerry Lenfest and Lewis Katz, who are suing to restore Marimow] then asked for a sidebar and the judge announced, ‘We’re going to take a recess to see if we can possibly resolve this case.'” Is a settlement in the offing?