April 14, 2014 Last Updated 7:05 am

Texas Monthly goes after the NYT for hiring away its editor before end of contract

Emmis owned magazine wants to be compensated for losing its editor to The New York Times Magazine

The publisher of the Texas Monthly wants compensation for losing its editor to The New York Times Company before the end of his contract. Reports say the Emmis Publishing magazine wants between $200,000 and $1 million.

Jake_Silverstein-featureThe move is a rarity for the publishing business, where job moves are par for the course. Usually, when someone quits to join a national publishing brand such as the NYT, the publication losing their editor simply moves on. But don’t mess with Texas.

“As a direct and proximate consequence of defendant’s willful and intentional actions, Texas Monthly has suffered and will continue to suffer significant economic harm,” the NYT reported the lawsuit claiming.

According to the Indy Star, a Gannett paper, the general counsel of Emmis spoke to Dean Baquet, the NYT’s managing editor, before the hiring, stating that Texas Monthly expected to be compensated for the hiring. The NYT, however, told the Star that they believed Silverstein would be able to leave the Texas magazine.

“We had an understanding with Emmis during the search that Jake would be permitted to exit his contract with Emmis and take the job. We believe there is no basis for a lawsuit,” NYT spokeswoman Eileen Murphy told the Star via email.

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