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Civil Procedure Keyed to Yeazell
Helzberg’s Diamond Shops v. Valley West Des Moines Shopping Center
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In February of 1975, Plaintiff, a Missouri corporation and Defendant, an Iowa corporation, executed a written lease agreement. The lease granted Plaintiff the right to operate a full line jewelry store at space 254 in the Valley West Mall in West Des Moines, Iowa. After two other jewelry stores also became tenants in the Valley West Mall, Plaintiff filed suit seeking an injunction against Defendant, preventing it from allowing a fourth jewelry store in the mall, in violation of the original Helzberg-Valley West lease. Suit was filed in federal court on diversity grounds. Defendant moved to dismiss pursuant to FRCP Rule 19, citing Plaintiff’s failure to join Lords, the purported fourth jewelry store, as a party defendant. The motion was denied.
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