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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 a well-known woman whose approval and name carried a lot of weight in the fashion world. Brands paid to use her name and likeness to sell their clothing. She hired the plaintiff to act as something of a manager to decide what brands she should associate herself with, and he had the exclusive right, subject to her approval, to place her endorsements on the designs of others. In return, she was to receive half of the revenue from all contracts he might make on her behalf. The exclusive right for him to make these deals was to last one year, and then year-to-year unless terminated with 90 days notice. The defendant, while still under contract with the plaintiff, then placed her own endorsement on a number of brands without the plaintiff’s knowledge.
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