Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Slow news day department: See Wikipedia edits made from the Scranton Times

Someone has set up a Web site where you can search -- by location, organization or domain name -- edits to pages on Wikipedia, which logs the IP address of every change. Nothing too juicy, though someone has been editing John Cole's page.


Anonymous said...

Slow News Day? How about TL suing a former employee?:

Judge may decide Monday on TL suit against ex-ad boss

Newspaper alleges former advertising executive shared trade secrets with competitor.

By David Weiss dweiss@timesleader.com
Court Reporter

WILKES-BARRE – A Luzerne County judge could decide on Monday whether The Times Leader’s former advertising boss should be immediately restricted from contacting the newspaper’s clients while working for her new employer.

The Wilkes-Barre Publishing Company Inc., the owner of The Times Leader, filed a lawsuit Monday against the former boss, Denise McCants, who is now believed to be working for the owner of The Citizens’ Voice.

The suit said McCants, in her position as vice president of advertising and marketing with The Times Leader, was privy to many of the newspaper’s trade secrets.

She was terminated June 19, but signed an agreement with The Times Leader agreeing not to reveal the newspaper’s trade secrets, the suit said. She later met with executives of Shamrock Communications, which owns The Citizens’ Voice, a direct competitor of The Times Leader, the suit said.

McCants, the suit said, now works for Shamrock in an advertising and marketing directorship position and is believed to have shared information about The Times Leader’s trade secrets with Shamrock, according to the suit filed by attorney Donna Em Davis, of the law firm of Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn.

Davis filed additional court papers on Tuesday asking for a judge to immediately stop McCants from disseminating confidential information she acquired while working for The Times Leader and stop her from contacting any previous or current customers of The Times Leader.

Davis said McCants’ “use or misuse” of the trade secrets will take away customers and revenue from The Times Leader.

Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Peter Paul Olszewski Jr. scheduled a hearing on that request for Monday. An additional hearing could be scheduled for the judge to issue a permanent order.

The Times Leader’s lawsuit asks for:

• An injunction stopping McCants from soliciting businesses who were customers of The Times Leader prior to June 19;

• An injunction stopping McCants from disclosing trade secrets of The Times Leader;

• An order forcing McCants to pay The Times Leader any sales and profits she has made from the sale of any advertising from customers of The Times Leader prior to June 19;

• An order forcing McCants to reveal the trade secrets she revealed about The Times Leader to third parties; and

• McCants to pay the costs of the lawsuit.

David Weiss, a staff writer for The Times Leader, may be reached at 831-7397.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, all the TL has to do is prove it. You know I've always wanted to go into business for myself but never had the nerve I guess. Then I'll be passing a store, a restaurant, bar, carwash, name a business...and I'll see the sign and something glaringly obvious like the name is spelled incorrectly. And I think, "Morons get into business and are surviving, how hard can it be really?" Then I see something like this lawsuit and it shows me that stupid exists all the way up the ladder. It's reassuring.

Anonymous said...

Why was McCants canned in the first place? Isn't this the chick Connor wooed all the way from Missouri or Minnesota only about three months ago? Things went sour so quick.

John Mitchell said...

Someone from the Times Tribune editing a story on Jermaine Jackson? No idea who that could be.

And the banjo article? Obviously, the Polish Piston.

Anonymous said...

I love the idea of nimrod Conner having "trade secrets," like they're the secret Coke formula or sumthin.

Anonymous said...

The only trade secrets Connor might have is if Rusty told him how to perforate metal. And that would be a different trade than the one he's in, so how useful could it be?

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Rusty & connor, what's the property deal in the paper for 250g's?

Anonymous said...

This site hasn't been updated in a while.......guess Soprano is still on vacation.