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All-Tech Telecom, Inc. v. Amway Corporation

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
174 F.3d 862 (1999)


Facts

All-Tech Telecom, Inc. (All-Tech) (plaintiff), a distributor, brought suit in federal district court against Amway Corporation (Amway) (defendant), alleging claims of intentional and negligent misrepresentation, promissory estoppel, and breach of warranty. All-Tech’s breach of warranty claim alleged Amway did not thoroughly research its TeleCharge program before offering it to distributors such as All-Tech. At trial, a jury heard All-Tech’s claim for breach of warranty. Although the jury found a breach, it did not award damages. The trial judge granted Amway’s motion for summary judgment on All-Tech’s claims of intentional and negligent misrepresentation and promissory estoppel. All-Tech did not challenge the jury’s verdict, but appealed the trial judge’s grant of summary judgment for Amway.

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