Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Xerox Lawsuit against Tate Publishing Seeks $1.7M, Repossession of Printers

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Xerox Lawsuit against Tate Publishing Seeks $1.7M, Repossession of Printers

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Tate Publishing & Enterprises owes a vendor more than $1.7 million, according to a lawsuit, and is in danger of losing five printers to repossession.

In a lawsuit against the Christian book and music publisher, Xerox Corp. accused Tate Publishing and CEO Ryan Tate of defaulting on equipment leases, service agreements, a promissory note and a personal guaranty.

Tate defaulted in February, which led to the lawsuit. In December, the company signed a contract modification with Xerox following an earlier default.

Ryan Tate said Friday that the lawsuit won't affect his business, which markets editing and printing services to authors.

"It's all positives for us," Tate said. "That's part of (Xerox's) problem, they wish we needed them more, would be my guess."

He said there could be a counter-lawsuit that alleges contractual breaches by Xerox.

Tate Publishing is a self-publishing firm that charges some authors about $4,000 to edit, design, market and distribute books. For different services, Tate charges more. According to a lawsuit filed last year, author Bat-Zion Susskind-Sacks paid the company nearly $12,000. In her lawsuit, Susskind-Sacks alleged that Tate Publishing distributed two versions of her book, both laden with editing errors. Tate has yet to respond to the lawsuit in court.

Last year, The Journal Record revealed that the Mustang-based publisher had been the target of nearly two dozen consumer complaints to the state attorney general in just eight months, the second-highest number of complaints for any business. …

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