Barbarella Fokos 4 p.m., Dec. 21
U-T must pay former carriers $3.18 million, will appeal
Suit similar to successful one against Orange County Register
U-T San Diego must pay 1.285 former newspaper carriers $3.18 million, according to an intended statement of decision by Superior Court Judge John S. Meyer, as reported by the Union-Tribune. The newspaper's chief executive, John Lynch, said there will be an appeal. As reported here May 23, the carriers argued that they were illegally classified as independent contractors, when they were in fact employees of the company under California law. The law firm filing the suit, Callahan & Blaine of Santa Ana, had previously won a substantially similar $38 million suit against the Orange County Register, which then went bankrupt. It was settled for $30 million.