By NANCY WEST, InDepthNH.org
BRENTWOOD – Seacoast Newspapers Inc. is suing the Union Leader Corp. for pulling out of its printing contract three months early while still owing Seacoast $1.6 million, according to electronic records on file in Rockingham County Superior Court.
Seacoast, which publishes Foster’s Daily Democrat and the Portsmouth Herald, is also suing Newspapers of New England Inc., publisher of the Concord Monitor, for its alleged role in the contract dispute. The Concord Monitor started printing the Union Leader on March 24 for that Monday’s edition with printing costs 40 percent less than Seacoast, according to court records.
“(Seacoast Newspapers) will be forced by the unlawful actions of (Union Leader) to close its Dover facility resulting in the loss of employment for as many as 49 employees, because the Union Leader on six days notice will cease using that facility to print its newspaper as of Monday,” according to a motion seeking a temporary restraining order to force the Union Leader to stay with Seacoast until the end of the contract.