OC Register Says Advertisers, Clients Screwed Them Out of $350,000

Lawyers for the Orange County Register have filed nine lawsuits in the last nine months--including two in recent days--seeking more than $350,000 in outstanding debt from advertisers, commercial printing clients and at least one distributor of OC's largest daily newspaper.

According to Superior Court records, the Register wants $73,000 from Viet Tide, a Little Saigon weekly; $24,000 from Hyundai of Costa Mesa; $30,000 from Avalanche Mechanical Inc. in San Diego; $23,000 from Foto Classificados Magazine in Orange; $13,500 from the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana; $17,000 from Coach House Concerts; $70,000 from Revista Paisano in San Bernardino and $32,000 from Maco Productions, publisher of Home Magazine based in Temecula.

Register officials also claims that Charles Rubin and Cal-West Distributors--which sold the paper in Capistrano Beach, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Aliso Viejo, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Niguel--owes more than $70,000.

Interestingly, the suit against Rubin shows the wholesale value of the Reg. He bought weekday papers for 0.181 cents each and a half-a-penny on Sundays.

Additionally, court records show that the paper this week won a May 2008 lawsuit against Great Woman's Expo LLC of Lafayette, CA for more than $20,000. The two companies had a reciprocal advertising agreement in 2007.

Financial woes have forced the Register--the flagship media outlet for Irvine-based Freedom Communications--to release dozens and dozens of reporters and editors in recent years.

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly

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