TRN Files Suit Vs. Courtside, Dial Global Over 'Disruption' Of Savage, Ingraham Relationships
June 27, 2013 at 3:59 AM (PT)
THE ORIGINAL TALK RADIO NETWORK has filed another suit against DIAL GLOBAL and NORM PATTIZ' COURTSIDE LLC, this time in U.S. District Court in PORTLAND, alleging that the defendants "engaged in concerted efforts to disrupt the relationships that existed between Plaintiffs and ... MICHAEL SAVAGE and LAURA INGRAHAM," both of whom were allegedly under contract to TRN at the time.
The suit alleges that COURTSIDE sent an offer sheet to SAVAGE in NOVEMBER 2010 that TRN matched, but that COURTSIDE continued to court SAVAGE and allegedly "continued to spread knowingly false rumors at industry conferences that SAVAGE would soon be under contract with COURTSIDE." TRN also alleges DIAL GLOBAL "joined in COURTSIDE's efforts to recruit SAVAGE," enlisting COURTSIDE "as a surrogate" to avoid directly competing with TRN in contravention of their contract. The suit cites SAVAGE's refusal to allow video streaming and refusal to read some live spots and alleges that COURTSIDE and DIAL GLOBAL's conduct "proximately caused SAVAGE's conduct."
In INGRAHAM's case, the suit notes that COURTSIDE announced her move to its roster within a month of the end of her TRN contract and alleges that DIAL GLOBAL and COURTSIDE "were negotiating with INGRAHAM on the parameters of a contract even before she terminated her contract" with TRN.