Attorneys for Plano-based J.C Penney and Macy were back in court Monday to fight over the Martha Stewart brand after a month-long mediation period went nowhere. The court-ordered mediation followed nearly three weeks of testimony.
Eight years after Martha Stewart was released from prison for lying about a stock trade, the 71-year-old home diva is on the witness stand, in the middle of a bitter legal battle between Plano-based J.C. Penney Co. and Macy’s Inc.
J.C. Penney, which also is struggling with big losses and steep sales declines, could face another challenge: empty shelves. A judge told Penney’s attorneys that the chain took a risk by ordering mercandise from the company Martha Stewart founded.
Macy’s has sued Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia in a bid to block a licensing deal between the housewares company and JCPenney.