Carriers for San Diego paper awarded nearly $5M

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Associated Press

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 8:02 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge has awarded $10 million to newspaper carriers and their lawyers in a lawsuit against the former owner of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The judge says about 1,200 carriers who delivered papers from 2005 through mid-2007 were employees entitled to reimbursement for their car mileage and other expenses — not independent contractors who had to cover their own costs.

He ruled last month that the carriers should get $5 million, of which $1 million will go to their lawyers. On Tuesday, the judge awarded another $5 million to the lawyers.

Attorneys for The Copley Press — the former owners — didn't immediately comment. The paper is under new ownership and now is called U-T San Diego.

Orange County Register carriers won $38 million in a similar lawsuit in 2009.

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