News Report Owner Responds to Daily News Lawsuit

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Published on October 4 2012 6:19 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Effingham and Teutopolis News Report Owner and Publisher Steve Raymond is denying any wrongdoing and said he intends to defend the right of his new publication to compete in the print media market.

Raymond and the News Report are the subjects of a lawsuit filed by the Effingham Daily News, Raymond's former employer.

The Daily News suit alleges that Raymond "conspired" against his former employer by "secretly arranging to start a competing publication."

Raymond's attorney, Chris Koester of Taylor Law Office of Effingham, said, "While certain limitations exist, Illinois law has consistently recognized an employee's right to leave an employer and form a rival business provided the departing employee does so fairly and within the guidelines established by our courts."  Koester said, "This lawsuit appears to be more about suppressing fair competition than redressing legal wrongdoing."

Raymond had been employed by the Daily News since October 1, 1999.  He resigned his position as publisher of the Daily News on June 29.  The first issue of the News Report was published August 2.

Raymond said, "I know I'm just a small business, but owning my own newspaper is something I've dreamed about doing for many years.  I just believed the economic conditions and timing were right.  I certainly wasn't trying to 'willfully or maliciously harm' anyone, as the lawsuit alleges."