Denver — Climbing magazine publisher Primedia has filed a lawsuit against its main competitor and two employees, contending the defendants have attempted to „cripple“ the 51,000 circulation monthly. The suit, filed Monday, June 10, in Colorado´s District Court in Denver, is seeking in excess of $75,000. Big Stone Publishing, which puts out Rock & Ice magazine, is named along with its publisher Duane Raleigh and production manager Quent Williams –both of whom are former Climbing magazine employees.“We were fully engaged in a spirit of friendly competition for our readers, advertisers and employees,“ said Primedia´s Norb Garrett on Thursday. „However, as the days passed, information came to light that made it clear to us that Rock & Ice was not interested in fair competition, and we were basically left with no choice but to defend ourselves.“The complaint alleges Big Stone, Raleigh and Williams of attempting to degrade the quality of Climbing magazine and steal editorial and advertising opportunities for Rock & Ice. Further, all three are accused of having „waged a systematic misinformation campaign about Climbing in an effort to cripple the magazine.“Raleigh and Williams resigned from their respective jobs as publisher and production manager at Climbing magazine in April, then publicly announced that they had purchased Rock & Ice. Six other Climbing magazine employees also resigned from their jobs in mid-May to go to work for Raleigh and Williams, whose names appear on the articles of incorporation as Big Stone´s two sole directors. By Karen Zekan