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Carmen v. Fox Film Corp.

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
269 F. 928 (1920)


Facts

Actress Jewel Carmen (plaintiff) signed employment contracts with Fox Film Corp. (Fox) (defendant). Subsequently, Carmen signed an exclusive employment contract with Keeney Corporation (Keeney) for significantly more money. Keeney was unaware of Carmen’s agreement with Fox. Carmen was a minor when she entered both contracts. Upon reaching the age of majority, Carmen repudiated the Fox contracts. Fox then threatened to bring suit against Keeney for employing Carmen. After Keeney cancelled Carmen’s employment, Carmen sued Fox in district court requesting an injunction barring Fox from impeding her contract with Keeney and seeking damages. After judgment was entered for Carmen, Fox appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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