When this deal was struck, Target was on the phone with their attorney and approved the arrangement. Unfortunately, our experience with the T-shirt designer, Jaya Apparel Group is that they have taken a very aggressive stance in trying to discredit our claim and pay nothing. To compound the issue, the hang up to that point was that Jaya claimed to have a cash flow problem, so Modern Dog was not willing to accept a mere promise of future payment.
Target's promise to guarantee payment was crucial to our accepting the deal: If Jaya missed a payment, Target would cover it. I remarked to our attorney that I was impressed with Target and that I was going to personally write their legal department and thank them when this was over.
After the case was removed from the trial calendar, the very next day (today), Target informs us that they will not guarantee the 4th payment.
Once again, the defendants are jerking us around. We believe that they have no intention to pay us the money we agreed on.
Absurdly, the defense attorney admitted to me that they have charged their clients far more than what this case is worth.
Now we can't decide who is the worst offender: Disney for not stepping up at all? Jaya for fighting us every inch of the way, and not admitting what is apparent to even a child? or Target for stepping up, then stepping back down?
It makes me feel bad that I have to keep writing about our woes with our copyright case. My next post was suppose to be celebratory, about the most awesome event I just attended in Tulsa, the annual "Art on the Hill," and all the great people I met there.
Is this thing ever gonna end?