Tribune Settles Criminal Circulation-Inflation Case for $15 Million

What You Should Have Read, Dec. 19, 2007

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Tribune to pay $15 million in criminal case
Newsday reports that it and its former Spanish-language newspaper, Hoy, have agreed to settle a criminal investigation into the publications' fraudulent inflation of circulation figures. Tribune Co., Newsday's parent company, will pay $15 million on behalf of both newspapers to settle the case, the U.S. Justice Department said yesterday. Hoy, now owned by ImpreMedia, and Newsday have acknowledged that between 2001 and 2004, the circulation of Newsday was inflated by as many as 100,000 copies and Hoy's by as many as 45,000, to the detriment of advertisers who paid rates based on the inflated circulation.
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