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Lipsit v. Leonard
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The Plaintiff worked for the Defendant for nearly eight years under a series of annual letter agreements, which provided for a “more permanent relationship including partial ownership” if the relationship was mutually satisfactory. However, nothing was done to augment the relationship until Defendant made a proposal in 1968 that Plaintiff found fiscally impossible to accept. Plaintiff’s employment was terminated in 1969, and he alleged breach of oral contractual promises, as well as a tort claim based on fraud. Plaintiff claimed that Defendant never intended to keep his oral promises at the time he made them, which amounted to misrepresentation of an existing fact, and fraud in the inducement to enter into several employment agreements. Defendant moved for summary judgment upon the entire complaint. Summary judgment was granted by the Law Division and affirmed by the Appellate Division.
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