MaineToday Media, like other media and newspaper companies, has been in a financial bind lately — and a Nashville law firm is adding to their list of money problems.
King & Ballow filed a lawsuit in Nashville federal court last week to recover $207,932 in unpaid attorney fees, expenses and interest from the Northeast media company. MaineToday owns several newspapers, including The Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram, the largest circulation paper in Maine.
According to the suit, King & Ballow represented the media company in seven legal matters, but never received payment. The firm also mentions in the complaint that interest is still collecting on the unpaid debts.
One of the cases King & Ballow worked, according to court documents, was a discrimination suit filed by an ex-journalist who was fired after making anti-gay comments in an email to the Human Rights Commission. The media company settled with the reporter in last December.
MaineToday was also sued in November 2011 by McGrann Paper Corp. of Charlotte, N.C., for not paying more than $124,000 for 150 tons of paper.
King & Ballow attorney James Witham declined to comment on the case. A message left by the Nashville Post for MaineToday Media public relations was unreturned as of late Tuesday morning.