On Thursday, a Philadelphia judged denied an injunction request from two co-owners of The Philadelphia Inquirer to remove publisher Robert J. Hall, but did not rule on a separate request to reinstate fired editor William K. Marimow.

Lewis Katz, one of the co-owners of the paper hoping to restore Mr. Marimow, claimed that his partner George E. Norcross III had co-opted Mr. Hall in his attempt to gain control of the company. Mr. Hall fired Mr. Marimow after he refused to dismiss senior editors who had clashed with a relative of Norcross. Mr. Norcross argues that he and the other owners have no right to meddle in Mr. Hall’s decision to fire Mr. Marimow because it was an editorial choice.

The judge’s denial of the injunction request will keep Mr. Hall at his post through the end of the year.

"So he is publisher . . . at least through Dec. 31," said Mr. Hall's attorney, David H. Pittinsky, a Ballard Spahr partner in Philadelphia.

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