Fashion Consultant Sues Lauryn Hill for Borrowed Clothes #Breach of Contract

In Fashion Law by FASHIONENTLAW™

I often attend fashion and entertainment events, although not as much as I use to. When I do, especially in the past, high end designers  often love to and many times, ask to dress me. As a general practice, they would typically have me sign a one page agreement, if you will, promising to return the clothes. I do.

The above scenario is not uncommon and is in fact the norm in Hollywood with celebrities or other high profile personalities. If anything happens to the clothes worn while in the custody of the celebrity, such celebrity/personality must pay back the value of the clothes. Our fashion law case today involves an alleged breach of such an agreement by Lauryn Hill. Excerpt of the story below:

“A fashion consultant who fitted Lauryn Hill with clothes for her European tour back in 2007 is suing the singer, claiming Lauryn jacked her threads.

According to a lawsuit filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Via Davia Vintage provided Hill “with an entire wardrobe of high fashion items.” The company claims Hill agreed to pay a fixed weekly fee for 4 weeks.

But according to the lawsuit, Hill hung on to the clothes for three months, paying only a fraction of what she owed.. And to top it off … the consultant claims Hill only returned about 30% of the items, keeping the expensive stuff. . .”

TMZ has the full story.

For the basics of what happens in breach of contract cases, see the J-Lo case here.

ON ANOTHER NOTE: I LOVE Lauryn Hill. Hope her legal battles gets resolved.


Photo description: Lauryn Hill attends the Tanzania Education Trust New York Gala hosted by President Jakaya Kikwete of the United Republic of Tanzania at Plaza Athenee on April 19, 2010 in New Yor.


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