• Germany edition
 
US court halts AP split from DAPD news agency
Photo: DPA

US court halts AP split from DAPD news agency

Published: 28 Nov 2012 13:51 GMT+01:00
Updated: 28 Nov 2012 13:51 GMT+01:00

The temporary injunction by Judge Alvin Hellerstein in New York federal court put the brakes on a reshuffle of AP's operations in Germany.

Hellerstein ordered that the leading US news agency "is temporarily restrained and enjoined" from halting its distribution of news, images or other products to DAPD. The order also bars AP from "providing any text, news, information, metadata or other content to any non-DAPD-affiliated entity" in Germany or Austria.

Meanwhile, DAPD, which declared bankruptcy last month, is required by the court to keep up its payments of €65,000 a week to the AP. Both AP and DAPD agreed to the terms of the temporary order ahead of the judge signing off.

The temporary injunction is in response to a lawsuit filed by DAPD following the announcement on November 14 that AP and DPA had hatched an alliance to distribute each other's stories and photos, while the smaller, financially troubled DAPD was being dropped.

AP and DPA had said in a joint statement that the arrangement, expected to

become effective on January 1, would allow DPA to distribute AP photos and

stories in Germany and Austria and text in Switzerland. AP would have access to DPA coverage of Germany and Austria and represent DPA photos for sale in markets outside of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

AP spokesman Paul Colford said because both parties had agreed to holding off for now on the split with DAPD, this was not a setback.

"The judge has not ruled on the termination of the contract, and has not even heard arguments on the issue, so he did not agree with DAPD that the contract was unlawfully terminated," he said in an email.

A new court hearing was expected on December 18.

DAPD welcomed the temporary halt to what it called a "legally invalid" move by AP to terminate their contract.

"We appreciate that the District Court of Southern New York follows our legal opinion and protects DAPD from the termination of contract which we deem legally invalid," Wolf von der Fecht, partner at law firm Metzeler von der Fecht and managing director of DAPD, said.

"Based on this decision, our clients can rest assured that we will continue to offer the familiar service in the usual quality, including the international coverage," he said.

"We will implement the restructuring concept -- which we introduced on November 12, 2012 -- as planned and are going to establish the DAPD newswire group on an economically sound basis once again."

DAPD was formed in 2010 as a result of a merger of the DDP agency and the German service of AP.

AFP/mry

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Olympic visions compete in Berlin and Hamburg
Berlin and Hamburg mayors Klaus Wowereit and Olaf Scholz on Monday. Photos: DPA

Olympic visions compete in Berlin and Hamburg

Germany's capital and its gateway to the North Sea each released details of their Olympic bids on Monday as the race for the 2024 or 2028 summer games nominations picks up momentum. READ  

Merkel details Iraq arms shipment to MPs
Angela Merkel addressing the Bundestag on Monday as her ministers look on. Photo: DPA

Merkel details Iraq arms shipment to MPs

UPDATE: Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed the Bundestag on Monday to explain her government's decision to send weapons to Iraqi Kurds fighting terrorist group Isis. READ  

UN applauds Germany's help to refugees
DPA

UN applauds Germany's help to refugees

UNHCR Commissioner Antonio Guterres is lauding Germany's role in accommodating the influx of refugees in Europe, while pointing at the imbalance of effort within the EU. The federal government has pledged to do more. READ  

Energy-sucking vacuums no longer welcome
Photo: DPA

Energy-sucking vacuums no longer welcome

Starting on Monday, vacuum cleaners drawing more than 1600 watts can no longer be brought into Germany. The ban is part of a an EU-wide environmental protection measure. READ  

Coalition horsetrading starts after Saxony vote
CDU leader Stanislav Tillich with SPD Martig Dulig. Photo: DPA

Coalition horsetrading starts after Saxony vote

Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic (CDU) party is in search of a new partner after the expulsion of its former allies the Free Democrats (FDP) from the Saxon state parliament. READ  

Presented by Phorms Education
Bilingual education from nursery to graduation
Photo: Phorms Education

Bilingual education from nursery to graduation

A network of German based schools is changing how students learn languages by introducing English and Deutsch from day one, with the method yielding impressive academic results. The Local finds out more about Phorms Education. READ  

JobTalk Germany
'German bosses need to praise more'
More of this? Photo: Shutterstock

'German bosses need to praise more'

What do German bosses need to do to get more out of their staff? Frankfurt-based business consultant Justin Bariso has this advice. READ  

Train drivers take their turn to strike
A banner announcing a previous rail strike in June is displayed in a station. Photo: DPA

Train drivers take their turn to strike

A train drivers' union has warned of a nationwide strike to take place on Monday evening as it seeks leverage in negotiations with Deutsche Bahn. READ  

State budget in surplus despite weak exports
Germany isn't sending as many goods abroad as at the beginning of the year. Photo: DPA

State budget in surplus despite weak exports

GDP fell by 0.2 percent in the second quarter of 2014 but state coffers are doing well, the Federal Office of Statistics Destatis announced on Monday. READ  

Anti-euro breakthrough
Anti-euro AfD nears 10 percent in state election
AfD politicians Hans-Olaf Henkel MEP and leader Bernd Lucke, celebrate the party's success in Saxony on Sunday. Photo: Daniel Naupold/DPA

Anti-euro AfD nears 10 percent in state election

UPDATED: Germany's anti-euro party, AfD, won its first seats in a state parliament on Sunday after elections in Saxony, according to preliminary results. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Sponsored Article
Bilingual education from nursery to graduation at Phorms
Photo: Shutterstock
Gallery
Ten of the oddest things found by German border control
Photo: Gerkan, Marg and Partners/Tegel Projekt GmbH/J. Mayer
Berlin
How will Berlin look in five years' time?
Photo: DPA
Culture
Sprechen Sie Deutsch? 10 reasons why you should
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The best of Berlin's mayor Klaus Wowereit in 14 pictures
Photo: DPA
Politics
Germany sends burgers and sausages to Kurds
Photo: Matthias Kock
National
Tribes, ties and a movie: A German's Afghan life
Photo: DPA
Gallery
10 things to do before summer in Germany is really over
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The mysteries of Berlin's abandoned theme park
Photo: Europeana.de 1914 - 1918
Gallery
A German soldier's life behind WWI lines
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,418
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd