Freedom Communications Inc.'s unsecured creditors are asking court permission to look for an alternative to the Chapter 11 exit deal being pushed by the media company and secured lenders led by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

The publisher of the Orange County Register agreed to a "no-shop" clause with secured lenders, the group that gets the company if the Chapter 11 plan goes through, creditors say. The no-shop pact would doom lower-ranking creditors to a poor outcome from the bankruptcy protection that began Sept. 1, they claim.

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