Daily News Files Suit Against Former Publisher

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Published on September 27 2012 2:33 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The Effingham Daily News is suing former publisher Steve Raymond, alleging that Raymond acted improperly in working on starting up the Effingham and Teutopolis News Report while still employed by the Daily News.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday morning in US District Court in East St. Louis.

Daily News Managing Editor Matt Saxton Thursday confirmed the contents of a story posted on the Daily News website today regarding the lawsuit.  The suit alleges that business was solicited for the new publication while Raymond was managing the Daily News, and that he recruited personnel from the Daily News while he was still employed there.

Newspaper Holdings, Incorporated is the owner of the Daily News.  The company is seeking both compensatory and punitive damages in an amount to be proven at trial.

Contacted for comment Thursday afternoon, Raymond said he had "just received word of (the lawsuit)."  He said, "My first step is to get together with my legal counsel to get advice on how to proceed."