ValueVision Files Defensive Lawsuit Against Vendor

In a lengthy and bitter retailer-vs.-supplier dispute, ValueVision Media has filed a defensive lawsuit against D.G. Jewelry and two of its top executives. The suit, filed in late August in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, seeks a declaratory judgment confirming that the parties' December 2001 agreement of settlement and release of all claims is valid and binding. It also names Samuel Jacob Berkovits, D.G.'s president and chairman, as well as Bentzion Berkovits, the manufacturer's executive vice president of sales, and seeks damages claiming D.G. and the Berkovitses "interfered with the relationships between ValueVision and its employees." At press time, neither ValueVision's legal representatives nor D.G. Jewelry executives would return JCK's phone calls. However, in a recent release, D.G. called the suit "false, outrageous, and defamatory" and said it will "vig
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