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As their restraint-of-trade lawsuit against the Miami Herald Publishing Co. proceeds at a snail's pace, distributors try to get by with less

Only the Herald knows for sure whether the decision to sell directly to hawkers has yielded the hoped-for overall sales increase; as Terilli explains, such information is "privileged." In the meantime, the lawsuit lives on, stagnating in the system as distributors scurry to find ways to abate their financial losses. "They've been having to fire people, work longer hours, get rid of trucks, and try to cut back on their overhead. Some are borrowing money to avoid foreclosures," says Rosenfield, who was warned by the Herald in the beginning that the fight wouldn't be an easy one. "They told us we would bleed for anything we get, that we were not going to get anything without fighting to the last decimal point.

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