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Eastern Dental Corp. v. Isaac Masel Co.

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
502 F. Supp. 1354 (1980)


Facts

In 1973, Eastern Dental Corporation (EDC) (plaintiff) entered into a contract with Isaac Masel Co., Inc. (Masel) (defendant) wherein Masel sold dental products at wholesale to EDC for resale. The parties did not have a written agreement evidencing their contract. The business was done solely through invoices and statements. In 1978, Masel informed EDC by letter that Masel was terminating the relationship. EDC sued for breach of a requirements contract. Masel filed a motion for summary judgment stating that the contract did not satisfy the statute of frauds because the parties failed to put the necessary elements of the contract in writing. EDC argued that the invoices, the termination letter, and an additional letter are enough to satisfy the statue of frauds.

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