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Phone book publisher asks Gary: Where's the money?

TAMPA — The publisher of Verizon Yellow Pages has filed suit against the company behind 1-800-ASK-GARY, saying it is owed $744,945 for phone book ads.

In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, Supermedia LLC said W.S. Marketing Inc., which does business as a lawyer- and doctor-referral service called Ask Gary, has owed the money since at least summer 2010 for advertisements that appeared in the phone books in more than a dozen communities.

Those communities include Tampa, St. Petersburg, Lakeland, Tarpon Springs and Carrollwood.

Officials at Ask Gary's parent company and the company's attorney in this litigation did not return messages seeking comment Monday.

W.S. Marketing has paid about $375,000 a year for the naming rights of the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre. Live Nation Entertainment, which owns the amphitheater, did not return calls for comment.

The man behind 1-800-ASK-GARY is Gary Kompothecras, a chiropractor from Sarasota who has donated tens of thousands of dollars to statewide Republican campaigns.

At the time, his naming rights deal with the amphitheater was announced in June, Kompothecras' Physicians Group ran more than 40 accident treatment offices in the state.

The lawsuit, filed earlier this year, alleges breach of contract and notes that Ask Gary is liable for collection costs and attorneys fees under the contract entered into by the company.

William R. Levesque can be reached at levesque@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3432.

Phone book publisher asks Gary: Where's the money? 05/09/11 [Last modified: Monday, May 9, 2011 9:58pm]

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