How many times does the LAT have to tell you — somebody’s still suing a photographer in New York City

Even though they’re down to 50 pages today, the Los Angeles Times finds so little news to report  that they can run the same story more than once — something that happens when you lay off enough editors.

Or maybe they just think that New York-based photographer Annie Liebovitz’s troubles are so important to us in Los Angeles that they want to make special-sure that we see the story.

First, assuming that you’re reading the paper front-to-back, and not just jumping to the Sports section, we turn to the Business section; in the “Briefings” catch-all column:

Leibovitz still owes, suit says

Photographer Annie Leibovitz is facing new accusations of not paying her bills less than a month after she struck a deal that was supposed to have resolved her financial problems.

Investment firm Brunswick Capital Partners sued the celebrity photographer Friday in a Manhattan court for failing to pay at least $315,000 in fees it claims are due as part of her financing deal with the private-equity firm Colony Capital.

Brunswick entered into an agreement with the two parties in February 2009 to seek “strategic financing” for the photographer, it said Friday in a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan.

In exchange for a $50,000 initial retainer and weekly $10,000 payments, Brunswick worked “exhaustively” to obtain a list of lenders for Leibovitz that included Colony, Brunswick said in the suit.

Leibovitz, 60, was sued in July by a creditor, Art Capital Group Inc., which accused her of reneging on a sales agreement connected with a $24-million loan. She settled that case in September.

Colony settled Leibovitz’s debt with Art Capital Group on March 8 and announced “a new partnership” with the photographer.

The Calendar section has a similar catch-all column, called “Quick Takes”, from which we learn — again, today:

Firm wants fees from Leibovitz (AP)

Photographer Annie Leibovitz was sued by Brunswick Capital Partners LP, a Manhattan-based investment firm, for failing to pay at least $315,000 in fees it claims are due as part of her financing deal with private-equity firm Colony Capital LLC.

In a lawsuit filed April 2 in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, Brunswick said it entered into an agreement in February 2009 to seek “strategic financing” for her.

In exchange for a $50,000 initial retainer fee and an additional weekly $10,000 retainer payments, Brunswick obtained a list of lenders for Leibovitz, Brunswick claims in the complaint. Brunswick also alleges it’s entitled to a 2% “success fee” stemming from Leibovitz’s deal with Colony Capital.

A spokesman for Leibovitz wasn’t immediately available for comment.