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Sassoon/P&G case to proceed

This article was originally published in The Rose Sheet

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Trial is scheduled to commence Sept. 21, 2004, following Oct. 20 denial by Los Angeles federal judge of Procter & Gamble's motion to dismiss Vidal Sassoon lawsuit against P&G alleging breach of fiduciary duty and constructive fraud. Judge notes that Sassoon adequately alleged claims of constructive fraud, existence of fiduciary relationship between firms. Ruling maintains Sassoon has not sufficiently supported fraud; however claim may be refiled with more specific references alleging justifiable reliance or damages. Sassoon seeking "hundreds of millions of dollars in damages" in addition to termination of licensing agreement with P&G, attorneys for hair stylist note. Complaint filed in April claimed P&G neglected Sassoon's namesake brand of hair care products in favor of brands such as Pantene (1"The Rose Sheet" April 7, 2003, p. 6)...
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