RETAILER REBUTS CLAIMS BY MANUFACTURER The owner of Northeastern Fine Jewelry, Albany, N.Y., says a form letter sent to customers of Jabel Inc., an Irvington, N.J., jewelry manufacturer, was slanderous and misleading in its reference to a recently settled lawsuit between the two companies. The letter was written by Jabel Vice President Daniel Herman (see Letters, JCK, December 1994, p. 27). In 1992, Jabel halted sales to Northeastern, prompting Northeastern to file suit against Jabel for restraint of trade and other antitrust violations. Northeastern President Raymond Bleser said Herman's suggestion that the lawsuit may have been dismissed was not accurate. Bleser said his company agreed to settle the lawsuit because sales have increased two consecutive years, thus he has suffered no damages. Bleser also said Jabel was not able to produce substantive evidence that Northeastern en

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