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Former editor files lawsuit against Tri-County Times

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Written by Amy Mayhew   
Tuesday, March 06 2012

Former Tri County Times Editor...

FLINT, Michigan – The former editor for Tri-County Times is suing the paper for more than $100,000 after alleging that she was fired for opposing management’s violation of copyright laws, the Journalism Code of Ethics, and Associated Press Style.

Cheryl Dennison was employed by Tri-County Times for 12 years, having served the last several years as the paper’s editor, and is suing the paper, its corporate parent company, Rockman Communications, and publishers Craig Rockman and Rick Rockman, Jr. in Genesee County Court, Court House News Service reported.


According to court documents, Dennison said she notified her supervisor and publisher Craig Rockman on numerous occasions that the paper was in violation of copyright laws, the Journalism Code of Ethics, Associated Press Style, and was, “just flat-out plagiarism.” Dennison’s damages include age discrimination, loss of wages, emotional distress, damage to her reputation and other items.


Dennison said she was regarded as an "exceptional employee" by former publisher, Rick Rockman, Sr. prior to his death in March of 2011. When the Rockman sons took over, remarks like, "I want someone younger to run the paper," and "It's time for you to retire," were made,  Dennison is quoted in saying in the court documents.


Dennison’s lawsuit was filed by Flint attorney, Tom Pabst on Feb. 23, and was assigned to Judge Joseph Farah in Genesee Circuit Court.


The Tri-County Times won 13 Michigan Press Association Awards in 2011, and since 1994, has continued to serve the communities of Fenton, Linden and Holly.

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