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Creditors file $1.6M claim against Tribune CFO

By Michael Oneal and Becky Yerak | The unsecured creditors’ committee in Tribune Co.’s bankruptcy case has filed the first of what’s expected to be about 210 individual claims against current and former officers and directors of the Chicago-based media company seeking to claw back close to $180 million in so-called “preference payments” they collected.

The first claim, filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, DE., targeted Chandler Bigelow, Tribune Co.’s chief financial officer. It seeks recovery of more than $1.6 million in compensation he was paid in December 2007 when he was the company’s treasurer, including a $400,000 bonus and $880,645 in restricted stock. Get the full story »

Creditors sue Zell, banks over Tribune bankruptcy

Tribune Co. creditors filed sprawling lawsuits on Monday that take aim at Sam Zell, his banks and advisers for the disastrous leveraged buyout that plunged the publisher into bankruptcy two years ago.

The lawsuit accuses billionaire Zell and the Tribune board of defrauding Tribune’s creditors by pursuing the buyout of the owner of the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune knowing it would lead to bankruptcy. Get the full story »