Glasser Images ordered the websites to be preserved; owes $ 25,000 in rent | Bismarck

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A judge has ordered Glasser Images to preserve its websites as the North Dakota attorney general’s office investigates the brutal shutdown of Bismarck photography studio last month.

The company, meanwhile, faces a possible eviction from its location in downtown Bismarck. He owes his landlord $ 25,000 in rent and late fees accrued since September, according to court documents.

South Central District Judge David Reich issued the website order on Thursday after a hearing last week in which Glasser’s attorney said the studio would keep all evidence “to the best of its ability. our capabilities “and that the state’s decision to seek a court order was premature.

The attorney general’s office argued that it had already tried but failed to get adequate assurance from Glasser’s lawyers that its websites would be maintained.

The photo studio said it would not be able to reimburse clients when it closed, leaving many engaged couples who had booked its services for their wedding thousands of dollars. The attorney general’s office is investigating to determine whether there has been fraud.

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The website dispute arose last month when attorneys for photo studio and owner Jack Glasser emailed the Attorney General’s office to notify officials that the company’s profiles on the WeddingWire and The Knot websites risked being deactivated due to the company’s inability to continue paying. for benefits. Emails between Jack Glasser and the sites’ billing department indicate that Glasser had an outstanding balance of $ 1,700.

The state had issued a subpoena ordering Glasser to turn over numerous documents related to the business and its closure, including information relating to its websites. The studio’s standalone website disappeared from public view shortly after the company announced it was shutting down. His social media profiles are no longer visible either. The attorney general’s office also told Reich that some emails that were supposed to be in the inbox of a former Glasser employee had gone missing.

“Based on affidavits and exhibits submitted, including claims that some email files appear to be missing and potentially relevant information under the control of third-party internet providers could be lost if access to their sites Web is not maintained, court grants state claim, ”Reich wrote in his order.

Glasser’s legal team said the sellers were aware of the subpoenas and indicated that they plan to maintain the studio’s profiles.

The attorney general’s office is expected to question Jack Glasser at a hearing next week. The event is not open to the public.

In a separate legal case, Glasser received a notice of default and eviction from the business owner, Gulch Holdings II.

Court records show Jack Glasser signed a document acknowledging the overdue rent bills.

Contact Amy R. Sisk at 701-250-8252 or [email protected]


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