Lord & Taylor, LLC operates stores that offer women's clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories, beauty items, men's items, kids' items, and gifts in the United States. The company offers dresses, tops, sweaters, coats, jackets and blazers, jeans, pants, suits, skirts and shorts, active and loungewear, sleepwear, jumpsuits and rompers, swimwear, lingerie, shapewear, sleepwear and robes, and hosiery and socks for women. It also offers shoes for women, men, and kids; handbags, wallets and cases, and luggage and travel items; watches, accessories, fine jewelry, and fashion jewelry; makeup items, skin care items, sun care items, fragrances, hair care items, spa treatment products, tools...
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White Flint Mall Owners Sues Lord & Taylor
Aug 13 13
The owners of the White Flint Mall counter-sued Lord & Taylor in federal court for more than $1 billion in damages, alleging its anchor retailer sued to block the planned 5.2 million-square-foot redevelopment in order to extract a settlement fee from its landlord after work had already started. White Flint filed its countersuit with U.S. District Court in Greenbelt claiming Lord & Taylor has known about the proposed project since 2009 and had more than enough opportunity to object while the plan worked its way through Montgomery County's approval process. Lord & Tayor sued White Flint July 1, 2013 alleging that the mall's owners violated the terms of a 1975 agreement that required them to maintain the mall as a 'first class high fashion regional shopping center.' The retailer argued that the mall owner has already let several tenants go, including co-anchor Bloomingdale's, which has reduced foot traffic and, in turn, hurt its own business. In its response, White Flint claims it has already spent more than $7 million in pre-development work, has signed or is close to signing contracts for more than $24 million, and is in active negotiations with several key anchor tenants to lease space in the redevelopment. White Flint alleged that Lord &Taylor sued to block the project now, when the mall's owners are most vulnerable. Lord & Taylor argued the mall needs to be maintained in its current form. White Flint, in its counter suit, says the days of large, enclosed shopping malls have come and gone since White Flint opened in 1977 and are being replaced by open-air town center concepts. White Flint claims its redevelopment is the only way the shopping destination can survive. The redevelopment is expected to cost about $4 billion over the next two decades and generate about $1 billion in new county taxes. Lord & Taylor hasn't asked the court to derail the project, only to hold off until its lease rights expire in 2055. White Flint claims that much of a delay would be tantamount to killing the project. White Flint has filed two counts against Lord & Taylor, both seeking in excess of $1 billion. The first is for breach of contract, in which White Flint alleged that Lord & Taylor broke a covenant requiring it to deal in good faith by filing the lawsuit. The second is for tortious interference with prospective economic advantage, through which White Flint claims Lord & Taylor is trying to extract a large settlement fee in exchange for dropping the case.