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Appeal Expected In Las Vegas Newspapers Profits Dispute Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A lawyer for owners of the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper told a judge Tuesday he'll appeal her decision to hear a profit-sharing dispute with cross-town rival and joint-operating partner, the Las Vegas Sun.

Review-Journal attorney Steve Morris says arbitration, not judicial review, is specified under a 2005 amendment to a joint-operating agreement governing how the two newspapers are published together.

Sun owner Brian Greenspun and attorney Leif Reid say arbitration isn't appropriate.

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They contend the Review-Journal improperly deducted editorial costs before paying monthly profit shares to Greenspun Media Group.

The Sun argues the amount in question totals at least $6 million over 10 years of business with former Review-Journal owner Stephens Media.

The Review-Journal is now owned by Pittsford, New York-based Gatehouse Media. The new owner is continuing the fight.