i am a small ethnic community newspaper publisher, printing my newspaper for the past year and a half at the printing facility of a much larger newspaper in NYC. I had to go away for around a couple of months so the newspaper was not being printed during my absence. When I wanted to resume printing I was informed by the new printer manager that " in light of our new strategy of the printer, we will not be able to print your newspaper anymore". I suspect one of the reasons for this sudden decision is that my newspaper is an Arabic paper and in the light of the recent political situation and general mood in the country the management of the bigger newspaper decided not to have anything to do with printing my newspaper.
I tried pleading with them asking for just a reasonable grace period until I can find a new printer, letting them know that the results of not printing my newspaper would be devastating to me and to my business especially that i have obligations towards the advertisers who paid for their ads. Moreover, having to redesign the whole newspaper in a different format to fits the specs of the news printer, which I don't have yet will double my overheads...
their response was that "well, you don't have a contract
with us, and no we won't print you". as for the contract, I had went through a rigorous process where I had signed on the printer's terms and conditions and provided necessary insurances
, etc. before they printed my first issue. I also have always paid them on time with no problems no whatsoever, so in that sense I did have an ongoing business relationship with them. in addition to that, last year at the same time, I had stopped printing for a similar amount of time, then resumed again with no problem.
my question is, do i have any legal rights here for the loss i suffered due to their surprising decision not giving me any reasonable amount of time to search for other options. by the time I find a new printer, the whole content would be worthless, and the advertisers won't pay for their advertising and the cost of putting up the issue will be lost with no hope of recuperating any of it back . on the top of it I also have my fixed costs and salaries that I have to pay...
would appreciate your thoughts on the matter.
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