Avoiding Liability When One Tenant Violates Another's Exclusive

Q: Two tenants at the shopping center I own are currently in a dispute about who has the right to sell a certain product. A toy store tenant signed a lease with an exclusive use clause that gives it the right to be the only tenant in the center that sells toys. A variety store signed a lease that allows it to sell various items for entertainment. It was made aware at the time of the lease signing that the toy store had an exclusive right to sell toys, and it signed the lease nonetheless.

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