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Printer Sues San Diego Alternative Weekly

VISTA, Calif. (CN) - The San Diego Reader reneged on its printing contract after the printer spent millions of dollars on new equipment, the printer claims in Superior Court. San Dieguito Printers claims the alternative weekly signed a 10-year contract in 2005, knowing that the printer would have to spend millions of dollars on equipment for the increased use of color the Reader demanded.

The printer claims that in 2008 and 2009, the Reader threatened to breach the contract unless San Dieguito "accepted payment amounts less than those provided by the contract, and modify the agreed-upon printing schedule."

Since losing the Reader as a client "was not an economically feasible option." San Dieguito says it gave the paper a number of price concessions and a new printing schedule. But it says the Reader terminated its contract and began using a new printer in January.

San Dieguito says it was "the exclusive printer for all editions of the Reader" for about 35 years.

James E. Holman, owner of the Reader, is also named as a defendant.

San Dieguito seeks restitution and damages and for breach of contract. It is represented by George E. Fleming of San Diego.

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