White House/Black Market, Inc. v. Cache, Inc.

650774/2010
July 9, 2010
State Court
New York
New York County, Supreme Court of New York

Florida-based apparel company Chico's (which acquired White House/Black Market stores in 2003) accused rival company Caché of hiring two former Chico’s employees and using their intimate knowledge of upcoming White House/Black Market lines to create similar seasonal lines for Caché. Caché and the two former employees, Rabia Farhang and Christine Board, were accused of breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets.

The case was remanded to state court on July 27, 2010. In September 2010, Chico's withdrew its motion for a preliminary injunction because it felt that the proceedings could not be completed in time to stop Caché from selling products that Chico's alleged were developed using stolen confidential documents. Chico's stated that it planned to continue with its lawsuit. Ultimately, the parties settled in April of 2011.

Chico's FAS, INC., White House/Black Market
Cache, Christine Board, Inc., Rabia Farhang
Common Law (Restatement), Other state statute