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Hairball Researchers Cough Up A Lawsuit

NEW HAVEN (CN) - Hartz Mountain Corp. ripped off Sheffield Laboratories for its work making two hairball formulae - regular and salmon-flavored, Sheffield claims in Federal Court. It claims it spent more than $90,000 making Hartz's defective product safe and effective, and Hartz stiffed it for expenses, refused to pay the promised $15,000 per formula, and is selling the products as its own.

Sheffield claims Hartz's hairball formulae "had certain defects that prevented them from being marketable. The defects included making animals sick and the product instability that caused the product to separate into its components parts while in its package."Sheffield claims it entered a contract with Hartz to develop a usable hairball formula, and Hartz breach the contract, violated confidentiality, enriched itself unjustly, stiffed it for $90,000 in expenses, refused to buy the formulae for $15,000 apiece, and that Hartz General Counsel Max Mark and Global Sourcing Manager Matthew Buckley tortiously interfered and made Hartz breach the contract.

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