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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. v. Scheider

Court of Appeals of New York
360 N.E.2d 930 (1976)


Facts

Scheider (defendant), an actor, contracted with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. (Metro) (plaintiff) to star in one film and a subsequent television series. The only material term not negotiated in advance by the parties was the start date of filming the television series. Scheider completed work on the film, but refused to do the television series. Metro brought suit in New York state court seeking to enforce the contract. The trial court upheld the contract by supplying the missing start date based on established custom in the film industry. Scheider appealed.

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