Newspapers lose challenge to direct mail deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — An appeals court panel has rejected a challenge by a newspaper trade group to a U.S. Postal Service agreement with a direct mailing company.

In the agreement, Valassis Direct Mail Inc. receives discounted postage rates for some of its advertisement mailers once its mail volume hits a certain level. The Newspaper Association of America challenged the deal, citing a legal requirement that such deals not cause "unreasonable harm to the marketplace."

But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit sided with the Postal Service. At stake for newspapers is advertising revenue, especially from pre-printed inserts into Sunday editions.

Related Headlines

  • Pa. man lands 'corrected' 1918 stamps

    A collector credits a hunch with helping him land one of just 100 sheets of stamps recently issued by the United States Postal Service featuring a corrected version of its ... 

  • Industry takes aim at AP ethanol investigation

    A new Associated Press investigation, which found that ethanol hasn't lived up to some of the government's clean-energy promises, is drawing a fierce response from the ethanol ... 

  • Edward Snowden

    Snowden 'an indoor cat' in Moscow, says he's 'won'

    Keeping a mostly low-profile as a U.S. fugitive in Moscow, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has suddenly resurfaced in the media, saying he is ... 

  • Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto

    Controversy marks Newsweek's comeback

    A mystery man. A splashy reveal. A media frenzy. Newsweek staked its return from the dead on a story it knew would get attention. A cover story claiming it had uncovered "the ... 

Find your future job here