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Wood v. Lucy, Lady Duff-Gordon
Citation:222 N.Y. 88, 118 N.E. 214 (1917).
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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The defendant was a “creator of fashions” and made a career out of putting her certificate of approval on fashion pieces. Manufacturers of clothing would pay for these certificates of approval. The defendant also designed certain accessories and clothing as well. The defendant employed the plaintiff and gave him an exclusive right, subject to her approval, to put her endorsement on others designs. He also had the exclusive right to sell or license her designs. In exchange, the plaintiff would receive one half of the profits. The agreement was to last one year from April 1, 1915 and year-to-year afterwards unless terminated on 90 days notice. The plaintiff alleged that the defendant broke the contract by placing her endorsement on other fashion pieces without his knowledge.
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