Alycia Lane-Larry Mendte Trial on Hold

CBS asking for a change of venue in the case

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    Larry Mendte

    Alycia Lane will have to wait a little longer to have her civil case heard against former co-anchor, Larry Mendte and the company they both worked for, CBS 3.

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a temporary stay in the case, to allow time to consider an appeal to move the trial to New York.

    Four other courts have heard and denied CBS's request to move the location of the trial, according to Paul Rosen, Lane's attorney. When talent sign contracts with the company, they agree to settle any contract disputes in New York. Lane's attorneys have argued successfully before two lower courts and two appeals courts, that the civil case against the company is about defamation and neglect and not a contract dispute.

    On Friday, before jury selection was set to begin, the Pa. Supreme Court decided to halt the proceedings to allow time to hear the company's change of location appeal.

    Alycia Lane Arrives for Jury Selection

    [PHI] Alycia Lane Arrives for Jury Selection
    Former CBS3 anchor Alycia Lane arrives at Philadelphia Common Pleas court on the day jury selection was supposed to start for her civil suit against former co-anchor Larry Mendte and the company they both worked for, CBS. The trial was put on hold so the Pa. Supreme Court could hear an appeal by CBS to have the case moved to New York.

    Video: Larry Mendte arrives at court
    Video: Larry Mendte and wife Dawn Stensland at court

    Lane filed suit in 2008 after Mendte pleaded guilty to hacking into her personal computer and viewing hundreds of Lane's personal emails while they worked together. She also claims the station sullied her reputation after they let her go.

    In a deposition for the case, Lane called Mendte a "sociopathic narcissist” who made multiple advances toward her over their tenure together. Mendte denied those claims saying Lane was the first to initiate their relationship.

    Lane now anchors the morning news for our sister station, KNBC in Los Angeles. Mendte produces commentary for the television division of The Tribune Company.