The San Dieguito Printer company filed suit in January against the San Diego Reader for a breaking a 10 year exclusive contract. Now the alt-weekly’s publisher Jim Holman is counter-suing the printers for fraud. San Diego CityBeat has details from the suit:
Holman, dba San Diego Reader, was induced to enter into the contract, and to pay the prices specified therein, by the following statement made to Holman and Howard Rosen, the operations manager of San Diego Reader, by a principal and agent of SDP, Richard Lapham, acting in his capacity as an agent for SDP.
Prior to entering into the contract, Lapham told Holman and Rosen that the color rates specified in the contract, and the general printing rates charged by SDP, were the lowest possible rates that SDP could charge and still make a minimal profit on the work SDP did for Holman.
Holman has since learned that the rates charged by SDP are significantly higher than those charged by other printers.
It’s a messy divorce after a long relationship – SDP was the Reader’s printer for 35 years.
Good thing printers and the alternative press have plenty of money for lawyers!