Aaron Kushner

The Los Angeles Times filed a lawsuit against the Orange County Register, owned by Aaron Kushner’s Freedom Communications, alleging breach of contract. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

By Shan Li
October 14, 2014

The Los Angeles Times filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Orange County Register, accusing the embattled newspaper of breach of contract and failure to pay more than $2 million in delivery fees.

The Times said the Register has consistently been late on payments for distributing its papers ever since falling behind in April 2013. The Times informed the Register last month that it was in default on the contract and had 30 days to pay.

Instead of paying, the Register switched to alternative vendors earlier this month, breaking its agreement with The Times, according to the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court. The Times said it terminated the agreement after the Register violated The Times’ “exclusive right to deliver” the paper.

The Register now owes the Times at least $2.464 million, the lawsuit said. The Times said its total damages may exceed $4 million.

“The Register has repeatedly broken its promises and breached its agreements,” the lawsuit said. “By contrast, The Times performed as it said it would.”

Officials at the Register have not responded to a request for comment.

The lawsuit is yet another complication for the Register, which along with its parent company Freedom Communications has suffered a string of financial setbacks.

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