Industrial Representatives, Inc. v. CP Clare Corp.
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
74 F.3d 128 (1996)
CP Clare Corporation (CP Clare) (defendant) hired Industrial Representatives, Inc. (IRI) in 1991 to solicit orders for CP Clare’s products in the Midwest, as CP Clare was too small at the time to support its own dedicated sales staff. By 1994, CP Clare’s annual sales in the Midwest had exceeded $6,000,000. The parties’ contract required CP Clare to give 30 days’ notice to IRI before terminating its contract and to pay IRI commissions on all products ordered before the termination date that were delivered within 90 days of the notice. CP Clare gave 42 days’ notice to IRI in October 1994 and paid the required commissions for 90 days. IRI sued CP Clare, seeking commissions on all products for five years after the termination date, plus $5,000,000 in punitive damages. The district court dismissed the complaint for failure to state a claim upon which relief could be granted. IRI appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Easterbrook, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 175,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,000 briefs, keyed to 188 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.