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Southex Exhibitions, Inc. v. Rhode Island Builders Assoc.
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Defendant wanted to stage home shows at a newly constructed civic center. SEM was already a successful producer of other home shows, and in some cases had some ownership in home show ventures in other regions. SEM was not certain how successful Defendant’s home shows would be, so they expressly declined any ownership of a joint venture and instead came to terms with Defendant using the 1974 agreement at issue. The agreement split the net show profits (55% to SEM, 45% to Defendant), had renewable 5-year terms, and gave SEM first refusal on producing all of Defendant’s home shows. However, Defendant was not responsible for any losses, SEM conducted third-party business under their own name, the parties never gave their relationship a separate business name, and they never filed taxes as a partnership. Plaintiff bought SEM’s interest and when Defendant was unsatisfied with Plaintiff’s performance they hired another producer for its home shows. Plaintiff maintains that they obtained a partnership with Defendant when they bought SEM’s interest, and their partnership precluded Defendant from switching to another producer.
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