Printer Sues Publisher for Unpaid Bills

MANSFIELD, OH—A printer here is trying to be paid for two years’ worth of printing, totaling more than $400,000, it claims it is owed by the publisher of church directories, according to the Mansfield News Journal.

XPress Publishing and Printing says the customer, Universal Church Directories, made sporadic payments on its tab, but still had a balance of $420,852, accrued for the printing of church directories and similar material, the News Journal said. The debt was reportedly recorded between July of 2011 and July of 2013.

According to Universal Church Directories’ Website, the company was founded as United Church Directories in 1963 and grew to serve 10,000 churches per year. Universal was created in 2002 and served churches via a directory that could be updated electronically using CD-ROMs, the newspaper reported.

  • ItsTheirOwnFault

    400K + unpaid from 2011, 2012 and part of 2013. You mean a 1-year, 2-year + term??? If they continued to print after invoices were 90-days delinquent then it’s their own fault. The printer knew or should have known they were having money problems when a publisher cannot pay for the end result they derive revenue from – it’s over. My hunch is they had conversations of concern with their client, knew or should have known the risk of not being paid and without regard to the obvious signs – knowingly made the conscious decision to continue printing. Accept responsibility, save your litigation money and invest it in finding new clients. Count on years’ worth of litigation, unfulfilled discover requests, a lot of attorney fees, more attorney fees. Is the printer due their money – YES, but here is what is going to happen you will win after spending your move on money from your own mistake, and they will file bankruptcy. If you have the money to burn on top of what they owe you then it is all about entertaining yourself. Realistically determine the value of their assets, cut that number in half, then subtract the secured obligations they have outstanding and that is the most you get to recoup what you are owed and recover court costs if you are awarded them.