Martha Stewart, Macy's Settle Lawsuit over J.C. Penney Deal

Martha Stewart Testifies In Macy's Exclusivity Suit Against Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc.
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Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia said Thursday it settled a lawsuit with retailer Macy's over a home products deal with J.C. Penney.

Martha Stewart didn't disclose the terms of the settlement, but said the deal wouldn't be material to the company.

Macy's (M) sued Martha Stewart (MSO) and J.C. Penney (JCP) last year after the two announced a partnership in 2011 to open Martha Stewart home shops at hundreds of J.C. Penney stores.

Macy's claims exclusive rights to Martha Stewart cookware, %VIRTUAL-article-sponsoredlinks%bedding and bath products under a 2006 deal.

The retailer sued Martha Stewart for breach of contract and J.C. Penney for interfering with its agreement with Martha Stewart. Both lawsuits were combined last year.

Macy's also sought to stop Penney from selling any products designed by home improvement doyenne Martha Stewart even if her name doesn't appear on the items or their marketing.

Macy's said in a separate statement that the settlement didn't affect its outstanding claim against J.C. Penney.

J.C. Penney and Martha Stewart revised their agreement in October eliminating Stewart's products in home goods categories to which Macy's claims exclusive rights.

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