Grossman LLP Staves Off Dismissal on Behalf of Italian Art Book Publisher in Contract Action Against Photographer James Nachtwey
12/10/2020At the conclusion of oral argument on December 2, 2020, Commercial Division Justice O. Peter Sherwood upheld Plaintiff Contrasto’s breach-of-contract claims by denying Defendant James Nachtwey’s motion to dismiss the complaint. Contrasto, a world-renowned Italian publisher of photography books, brought suit against photographer James Nachtwey in October 2019, alleging that Nachtwey breached an agreement with Contrasto for the publication of the photographer’s works. The project, entitled MEMORIA, was to be published as a companion to the touring retrospective exhibit of the same name, which gained international attention. But the book project came to a halt, Contrasto alleges, as a result of Nachtwey’s unreasonable conduct during the printing process, in breach of the governing agreement, resulting in over $1 million in damages, including lost revenue from book sales. The Court found that Contrasto’s suit against Natchwey should proceed to a determination on the merits, and Grossman will continue to vigorously pursue Contrasto’s claims.
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