Circa Publishing Enterprises LLC of Culver City, Calif., contends that it had a deal with Gehry for the exclusive rights to produce, distribute, and sell Gehry-trademarked jewelry and gift items, the AP reports.
The suit involves the Frank Gehry Collection, unveiled last year, which incorporates his trademark fish shapes and free-form aesthetics. Most of the jewelry range in price from a few hundred to thousands of dollars.
Circa, in its lawsuit, said it introduced Gehry and his Gehry Design LLC of Los Angeles to Tiffany to explore producing a jewelry line several years ago, the AP reports. Circa was supposed to receive half of the net proceeds from the sales.
The suit, filed Friday in state Superior Court, contends Gehry and his company never provided Circa with a copy of the Tiffany agreement or sales and earnings figures, and thus Circa cannot determine how much it is owed under the original contract, the AP reports.
The suit seeks unspecified damages and alleges fraud, breach of contract, and unfair business practices, the AP reports.