Contracts Keyed to Murphy
American Broadcasting Companies v. Wolf
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Part of his contract was a three-month period when he would engage in negotiations for a new contract, followed by a period of time when he would not accept any job offer from anyone else without giving Plaintiff the opportunity to match it. If no agreement was reached, Defendant was not to accept another offer for a job as a sportscaster without presenting the offer to Plaintiff and giving Plaintiff the opportunity to match it within forty-five days. Defendant met with CBS after the time period for negotiations had expired, but before the time period for first refusal had expired, and signed an employment agreement. When Plaintiff found out about the employment agreement, they sued Defendant for breach of contract, seeking specific performance and injunctive relief.
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