Lawyer: North Dakota photo firm that shut down in collaboration with clients

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A lawyer for a North Dakota photography company that abruptly went out of business and left many wedding couples in limbo, said on Wednesday the company was making efforts to publish photos and images. It is not clear whether customers who prepaid for unfinished work will be reimbursed.

Two state agencies are investigating the closure of Glasser Images and the owner of the company faces several lawsuits. The attorney general received more than 450 complaints from clients and photographers who worked as contractors for the company. The Ministry of Labor and Human Rights has received complaints from Glasser employees asking for unpaid wages.

Fargo attorney Tim O’Keeffe said photos and videos are secure and “kept safe” on hard drives, but sending them to clients is a “logistical challenge” and could take weeks. He declined to comment on the status of any potential refunds.

“As some of you know, this is a large photography studio, an imaging studio, 150 contractors working with Glasser Images,” O’Keeffe said. “Weddings have been shot all over North Dakota and other states.”

Glasser Images photographed weddings in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Colorado without charging for travel expenses, according to the company’s website. Owner Jack Glasser said in a statement the studio cannot remain financially viable, in large part because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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