Valassis Countersues Fraser LIVONIA, MI—Valassis Communications has filed a countersuit against Fraser Papers in district court in Maine. Earlier, Fraser had taken Valassis to court over an alleged unpaid bill for 1.8 million pounds of specialty paper valued at $933,000. In Valassis’ countersuit, the printer contends it has not paid the amount allegedly due Fraser because of an earlier outstanding debt owed by Fraser to Valassis for defective paper. Valassis says it is willing to satisfy the debt as soon as Fraser provides it an appropriate credit for the defective product.

Army Apologizes for Gaffe

WASHINGTON, DC—The U.S. Army said that 7,000 family members of soldiers killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were mistakenly sent letters addressing them as “John Doe.” The Army said the generic salutations were the result of a printing error. The letters were sent in December to inform survivors about private organizations that offer gifts, programs and assistance to families who have lost soldiers.

New Jersey Printers Merge

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ—East Coast Media, based here, has merged with The Printing Co., of North Brunswick, NJ. The combined company will operate under the East Coast Media name. East Coast Media provides large-format printing, binding and mailing services, among others.

Embezzler Lands Herself in Jail

MODESTO, CA—A printing company’s former office manager will be spending the next year in jail after pleading no contest in December to embezzlement and identity theft charges. Prosecutors said that Jessica Sue Hoover, 25, stole $76,000 from Gowans Printing between January 1, 2007, and July 14, 2008, according to the Modesto Bee. In addition to the jail time, Hoover was ordered to pay restitution and court fees.

manroland Announces Changes

WESTMONT, IL—With customers worldwide delaying purchasing decisions due to the weak economy, manroland AG’s supervisory board will trim 515 jobs in indirect functions in the Sheetfed Press Business sector in Offenbach, Germany, and 110 jobs in indirect functions in the Web Press Business sector in Augsburg, Germany, for 2009 and 2010. In addition, the Mainhausen factory located outside of Frankfurt, Germany, will be closed, and the product lines assembled there will be integrated into the main sheetfed press factory in Offenbach.

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