Amazon seeks to sever ties with Toys ‘R’ Us

/ Source: The Associated Press

Online retailer, responding to a lawsuit by Toys "R" Us Inc., is seeking to dissolve their partnership, citing a "chronic failure" by the nation's No. 2 toy seller to adhere to their contract.

Seattle-based suggested it should be awarded at least $750 million as compensation for lost shipping revenue and other costs, in a countersuit filed Friday in state Superior Court in Paterson.

A message seeking comment Monday from Wayne-based Toys "R" Us was not immediately returned.

The filing was reported Saturday by The Seattle Times.

Toys "R" Us subsidiary sued in May, charging that the Web-based retailer violated exclusivity terms by selling, and letting others sell, products that their agreement required can be sold only by Toys "R" Us.

Toys "R" Us claimed it paid $200 million over four years for the privilege of having competitors kept off the Web site.

In its response, said their agreement provides exceptions that allow and others to compete for sales of toys, games and baby products.

For instance, said the deal allowed other vendors to sell such products on its Web site on terms available to the general public, and are not subject to exclusivity. charged that demonstrated a "chronic unwillingness or inability" to meet its contractual obligation to offer a comprehensive selection of top-selling toys, games and baby products.

It claimed was out of stock of the most popular items during the critical holiday buying season, hurting efforts to compete with Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the nation's top toy seller.

Both and Toys "R" Us seek a judgment that the other is violating the agreement.

Toys "R" Us seeks unspecified monetary damages for breach of contract, or, a ruling that would void the contract and force to return the $200 million.

With the signing of the deal in August 2000, stopped selling products through its own site to join the site, Toys "R" Us said.