DUTCH DISTRIBUTER SUES CALVIN KLEIN

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NEW YORK — The former exclusive distributor of Calvin Klein Inc. merchandise in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg has slapped the designer’s firm with a $12 million lawsuit over an alleged breach of contract.
The distributor, International Fashion Products B.V., Amsterdam, also asked a federal judge, here, to order “Calvin Klein to make the spring 1995 line available for immediate delivery to IFP.”
IFP said in court papers, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, that the designer breached the multi-year contract by not giving IFP three months notice before terminating the pact.
IFP charges Calvin Klein violated that agreement by waiting until Dec. 14 to notify IFP that the license would be terminated as of Jan. 15, 1995. IFP said its Calvin Klein business accounts for 95 percent of sales.
A Calvin Klein spokeswoman said the company had no comment on the suit.

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