Sephora Can't Dodge Competition Claims Over Skin Care Deal

By Beth Winegarner (February 19, 2013, 5:51 PM EST) -- Makeup retailer Sephora USA Inc. can't entirely dodge allegations that when it joined forces with Solazyme Inc. to create a line of algae-based skin care products and a related infomercial, the pair knowingly jilted rival Therabotanics Inc. out of a similar Solazyme partnership, a California state judge ruled Tuesday.  

Therabotanics' lawsuit accuses Solazyme of agreeing to develop an identical line of anti-aging products with the plaintiff and then pulling up stakes when Sephora came calling with a better offer. Therabotanics accuses the companies of breach of contract, harmful interference, conversion and unfair competition, and seeks an injunction against their collaboration....

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