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Detroit Institute of Arts Founders Society v. Rose

United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
127 F.Supp.2d 117 (2001)


Facts

Rufus Rose stored the Howdy Doody puppet that appeared on the NBC television show after the show closed. According to a series of letters between Rose and NBC’s legal department, the puppet was supposed to go to the Detroit Institute of Arts, which Rose said housed “the recognized museum of Puppetry in America.” However, Rose and his widow passed away before the museum received the puppet. The Detroit Institute of Arts Founders Society (plaintiff) sued the executor of Rose’s widow’s estate and several other members of Rose’s family (defendants) for breach of contract to recover the puppet. The institute requested summary judgment finding that it could sue as the third-party beneficiary of the agreement between Rose and NBC to enforce it.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Droney, J.)

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