Cleveland critic amends suit against Plain Dealer
Don Rosenberg, the veteran music critic who generated international attention when he filed suit against his employer (the Plain Dealer) and Cleveland Orchestra management back in the fall, has dropped all but one charge (age discrimination) against the newspaper. He was removed from covering the orchestra at the start of the current season.
As reported by the AP, the changes to the suit were made so that the case would remain in state court, where Rosenberg's lawyer sees better chances for success, rather than move to federal court (some of the legal issues involving the newspaper would have necessitated that move). The suit continues to charge the orchestra's administration with pressuring the paper to remove Rosenberg because of his not-always-flattering assessment of music director Franz Welser-Most. Another Plain Dealer staffer has been covering the orchestra since Rosenberg was reassigned.