SF Weekly's Penalty: $15.9 Million, Ten-Year Court Oversight



The prospects were never very good for the SF Weekly, once a jury decided the paper sold its ads below cost in a deliberate attempt to drive the San Francisco Bay Guardian out of business. And on Monday, judge Marla Miller read out the butcher's bill: $15.9 million in damages awarded to the Guardian, plus a ten-year injunction against selling ads below cost. In addition, the SF Weekly must pay the Guardian's legal fees. Village Voice Media, the chain that owns the Weekly and used to own this newspaper, has vowed to appeal the verdict.