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Zsa Zsa Pays for Breaking Promise to Appear in Fantasy "Movie"
Description Appeals court upheld liability of Zsa Zsa Gabor for breach of contract when she cancelled promised appearance to make short "movies" with paying clients. Damages were amended to cover only direct expenses incurred by promoter.
Topic Contracts
Key Words Breach, Damages
C A S E   S U M M A R Y
Facts Hollywood Fantasy took $7,500 payments from customers who wanted to "make a movie" with a celebrity. Two weeks before one of these events, Zsa Zsa Gabor cancelled her promised appearance, and Hollywood had to cancel two paid customers. Hollywood Fantasy sued Gabor for breach. District court awarded $200,000 damages. Gabor appealed.
Decision Liability affirmed; damages reduced to $57,000 compensatory. Gabor's contention was that there was no "meeting of the minds," as she had amended the contract to say she would have two bedrooms in her suite, not two bathrooms. This and other modifications are not material and so do not alter the obligations under the contract. Other behavior by the parties indicated that both believed there was a contract prior to her cancellation to accept another engagement. The damage claims for lost profits were too speculative, so damages were limited to compensation for expenses incurred.
Citation Hollywood Fantasy Corp. v. Gabor, ---F.3d--- (1998 WL 469672, 5th Cir.)
151 F. 3d 203 (5th Cir., 1998)

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