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Dunn v. CCH Inc.

2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 137311, 16-30 (2011)

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Dunn v. CCH Inc.

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 137311, 16-30 (2011)

Facts

Stephen Dunn (plaintiff) entered a publishing agreement with CCH Incorporated (defendant) for Dunn to write an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax treatise for publication by CCH—a new venture for CCH. After submitting the first chapter, Dunn was asked by CCH to make significant revisions. Dunn made the revisions to CCH’s satisfaction. After submitting the second chapter, Dunn was told by CCH to stop working on the treatise. Without giving Dunn the opportunity to make revisions, CCH terminated the agreement. Dunn brought a breach-of-contract claim in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Dunn asked for $600,000 in damages for lost business referrals and future royalties. Both parties moved for summary judgment.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Cohn, J.)

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