• TIFFANY LAWSUIT: A jewelry designer has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Tiffany & Co., accusing the firm of using her designs without paying proper compensation. According to court documents, Maria Snyder made a design, license and option agreement with the jeweler in 2001. Tiffany used some of her work that year and paid her design fees and royalties, the lawsuit said. Snyder said she pitched designs to the company during the next three years, which the jewelry firm did not accept. The suit alleges that Tiffany incorporated several of Snyder’s rejected designs into collections it brought to market. The designer is seeking unspecified compensatory damages. A Tiffany spokesman said: “We believe that Maria Snyder has no legitimate claim against us and we look forward to establishing that in court.” The case was moved to U.S. District Court in Manhattan from state court at Tiffany’s request.

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