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Lee Enterprises Sues Former Publisher Over Marketing Info

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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - The parent company of the Missoulian has sued a former publisher and four former advertising employees, alleging they stole confidential client information from the newspaper to form a competing marketing agency.

Lee Enterprises Inc. filed the lawsuit in Missoula County District Court on Tuesday. It seeks a court order to prevent former publisher Jim McGowan and the former employees from using trade secret information.

The suit also asks a judge to prevent two marketing companies where McGowan works from soliciting business from existing or recent customers of the Missoulian or the Montana Marketing Group. McGowan left the newspaper in March.

The defendants' attorney, Bob Terrazas, told The Associated Press the complaint makes "largely inaccurate accusations" against his clients.

Jeffrey Roth, attorney for Lee Enterprises, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

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