(AP) Two Philadelphia Inquirer co-owners appeared in court for the first public battle in their internal feud, but their rival owner stayed away.
The dispute nominally involves the ouster of Pulitzer Prize-winning editor Bill Marimow, who also came to court Tuesday.
But the lawsuit and countersuit reveal a deeper split between George Norcross and two other co-owners, onetime cable magnate H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest and Lewis Katz, the former New Jersey Nets owner.
A judge set an Oct. 28 hearing on whether the case belongs in Philadelphia or Delaware.
Lenfest and Katz, who made his fortune off parking lots, want the judge to block Marimow's firing and show publisher Robert Hall the door. Norcross, an influential New Jersey Democrat, backs the firing.
Tuesday's discussions with the judge took place behind closed doors.