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2 Philly Inquirer owners sue company, publisher

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Two owners of The Philadelphia Inquirer have sued their company and publisher over the firing of Pulitzer Prize-winning editor Bill Marimow.

Former New Jersey Nets owner Lewis Katz and cable TV mogul H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest say Publisher Robert Hall was not authorized to fire Marimow on Monday and did not consult them.

Thursday's lawsuit comes as their rift with co-owner George Norcross - an influential New Jersey Democrat - over Interstate General Media's direction grows more public.

The lawsuit seeks Marimow's return and Hall's ouster. It alleges newsroom morale has plummeted. Current and former staffers have also signed an online petition supporting Marimow.

Katz, Lenfest and Norcross formed Interstate General Media with other investors when they bought the Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News in April 2012 for $55 million.

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