April 11, 2013
NEW YORK -- A New York State Supreme Court judge has rejected a motion by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia lawyers to dismiss Macy's claim that the New York-based merchandising and media company violated its pact when it developed certain products for competitor J.C. Penney even though they don't carry the home designer's name.
Lawyers for Martha Stewart argued Thursday that the exclusive contract with Macy's in certain products like bedding and bath items did not give exclusivity on design work. But Judge Jeffrey Oing ruled that Macy's has provided sufficient evidence that the contract does cover exclusivity in designs even if the items don't carry the Martha Stewart name.
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