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Copylease Corp. of America v. Memorex Corp.

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
408 F. Supp. 758 (1976)


Copylease Corp. of America (Copylease) (plaintiff) sold printing supplies. Memorex Corp. (Memorex) (defendant) made printing supplies. Copylease and Memorex entered a contract making Copylease the exclusive distributor of Memorex products in Copylease’s area. This contract was initially for a 12-month term, but it gave Copylease the option of renewing as long as Copylease made a specific number of sales. Under the contract, Copylease would be selling Memorex toner and developer. Memorex breached the contract during the initial term. Copylease sued, seeking specific performance on the basis that the Memorex products were of higher quality than any other brand. The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York found that Memorex had breached the contract and asked both parties to submit written arguments on the availability of specific performance.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Lasker, J.)

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