U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston yesterday ruled on a motion filed last month by the San Francisco Bay Guardian and the non-profit Media Alliance. The plaintiffs asked the court to unseal documents in an antitrust lawsuit seeking to overturn a Bay Area newspaper deal between Hearst Corp. and MediaNews Group Inc. "Victory!" proclaims the Bay Guardian, which reports Illston ruled that "many of the documents" will be made public. Not so fast, says Associated Press in the pages of MediaNews' San Jose Mercury News. AP reports that while "portions of two documents" will be unsealed, the plaintiffs "failed to convince (Illston) to open key documents" in the case.

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