MANHATTAN (CN) - An Italian fashion company claims it paid Paris Hilton Enterprises a 97,500 euro advance for the right to use Hilton's name and image on its clothing, but Hilton refused to "review and respond" to any its designs, making it impossible for it to bring the clothes to market.
Le Bonitas, of Bologna, claims it forked over the 97,500 euros, and guaranteed Hilton royalties on sales. Under the licensing agreement, Paris Hilton Enterprises (PHE) had to review and respond to each of Le Bonitas' submissions within 10 days. If Hilton did not, "such submission shall be disapproved."
Citing the rigid timelines for the 2009-2010 Fall-Winter fashion year, Le Bonitas said it "encountered frequent and numerous difficulties" developing its clothing lines "because PHE did not engage in good-faith in the approval process by failing or refusing to 'review and respond' to required submission with approvals, rejections or comments/feedbacks in a timely fashion."
In fact, it claims that its licensing agent told it on Oct. 28, 2009, "that Paris Hilton had been traveling and had not even reviewed the presentation, let alone responded with approvals, rejections or comments/feedback."
Le Bonitas claims that "PHE had, de facto, refused to engage in the approval process in any substantive, meaningful, constructive or commercially meaningful way."
It seeks at least $200,000 for breach of contract and its out-of-pocket expenses.
It is represented by Martin Garbus.
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