NEW YORK-The judge hearing the cases between Macy’s, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO) and J.C. Penney has ordered all of the parties to go into mediation to resolve the issues between them.
A Macy’s spokesman confirmed press reports that Justice Jeffrey Oing of the New York State Supreme Court, who is hearing the two cases (Macy’s Inc. v. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Macy’s Inc. v. J.C. Penney Corp.) told the three parties to participate in mediation before April 8. The proceedings are set to resume on that date due to scheduling conflicts, unless the three parties come to a resolution by that time.
According to press reports, J.C. Penney has agreed not to sell any products designed by Martha Stewart in Macy’s exclusive categories until April 8.
Macy’s filed suit against MSLO in January of last year, a month after MSLO and J.C. Penney announced their agreement to sell Martha Stewart home products in Martha Stewart shops and on a website specific to these products. Last August, Macy’s filed suit against J.C. Penney over that agreement.