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Kay’s Kloset awarded $1.2 million by a federal jury

April 22, 2004

Kay’s Kloset, a family owned retail store in Lewisville, Texas was awarded $1.2 million by a Marshall, Texas federal jury on April 14, 2004. Nix, Patterson & Roach attorneys Nelson Roach and Neil Smith represented Kay’s Kloset, along with co-counsel Ken Peterson and Bob Coykendall of Wichita, Kansas.

Kay’s was an independent retailer of Brighton purses, belts, shoes, and accessories. Brighton refused to continue shipping products to Kay’s after discovering that Kay’s ran sales on Brighton goods. Brighton insisted that all retailers sell Brighton goods at the prices set by Brighton. After seeing numerous illegal contracts between Brighton and retailers agreeing to set prices on Brighton goods, the jury found that Brighton violated federal anti-trust price fixing laws. The jury awarded Kay’s their lost profits that resulted from Brighton’s illegal acts. It is expected that the court will treble the jury’s award, bringing the total to 3.6 million.