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Lee v. Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc.
Citation:552 F.2d 447 (1977)
Harold Lee and his sons Lester and Eric (plaintiffs) owned 50 percent interest in Capitol City Liquor Company, and their family members owned the other half. Prior to this ownership, Harold Lee had worked for Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc. (defendant), for thirty-six years. The plaintiff’s business generated a large portion of its sales from defendant’s products. When the owners of City Liquor Company were looking to sell their interest in the business, Harold Lee approached Jack Yogman, an executive of Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc. (defendant) who he had known for thirteen years. Harold offered to sell Yogman the business conditioned on defendant relocating the plaintiffs in a new distributorship of their own in a different city. Yogman’s assistant, John Barth, met with the plaintiffs to negotiate the sale. A written agreement was signed without including the promise to relocate the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs sued defendant for breach of contract.
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