Accessory megachain Claire’s Boutiques had a bad hair day in Manhattan federal court recently as a judge found it to be in breach of contract for failing to pay Pony Pal royalties for the use of a patented hair piece design.

“By the terms of the Agreement between Claire’s and Pony Pal, Claire is liable for breach of contract for failing to pay royalties for sale of products covered by [the patent],” Southern District Judge Charles S. Haight Jr. held in Pony Pal v. Claire’s Boutiques, 05 Civ. 2355.

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