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New York Times Hit With Incredibly Weird Lawsuit [UPDATED]

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The owners of Texas Monthly magazine are set to sue New York Times Magazine as the Times hires former Monthly editor Jake Silverstein, according to a report Friday. The Times previously reported that Silverstein was also a target of the lawsuit, but later issued a correction.

Silverstein's hiring in March was widely praised, but apparently Emmis Communications decided that the Times was liable for "inducing" him to break the contract.

Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy called the decision "inexplicable" in a statement issued prior to the correction:

The overall reaction on Twitter could perhaps be best characterized as "confused":

This entry has been updated to reflect The New York Times' correction that Emmis Publishing is not suing Silverstein.

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