The bankruptcy trustee in charge of the case, Robert Geltzer, has served summons to many freelance writers who collected fees from the magazine when it was in its death throes. The demand: If the fees are not returned, he is threatening to sue.
The dollars involved may be small compared with the millions her husband was pulling out of Hollinger International, but Amiel's behavior fits the same disturbing pattern, according to disgruntled shareholders: treating a publicly held company like a personal bank account.
"If this was a cow, there wouldn't be an udder that wasn't sore," said Christopher Browne, managing director of Tweedy, Browne Co., a large holder of Hollinger International shares. "Nothing surprises me now."