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Septembertide Publishing, B.V. v. Stein & Day, Inc
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The Plaintiff entered into a Hardcover Agreement with the Defendant that granted the Defendant the right to publish the hardcover edition of a book written by Harry Patterson (“the work”). The Hardcover Agreement also granted the Defendant reprint rights. Pursuant to this provision, the Defendant entered into the Paperback Agreement with New Library to publish a paperback edition of the work. After the Defendant defaulted on payments owed to the Plaintiff, the Plaintiff initiated an action against New Library as a third party beneficiary to recover amounts owed to the Defendant by New Library, which the Defendant, in turn, owed the Plaintiff.
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