Amazon.com Inc. breached a deal with Toys R Us Inc. that was supposed to give the toy seller exclusive rights to supply some products on the Seattle-based firm's website, a New Jersey judge ruled Thursday as she allowed the companies to sever their online partnership.
Superior Court Judge Margaret M. McVeigh in Paterson did not award any damages.
Wayne, N.J.-based Toys R Us sued Amazon.com in May 2004, saying the company violated exclusivity rights by allowing others to sell some items -- toys, games and baby products -- on Amazon's site.
Toys R Us had maintained that Amazon had violated a 2000 deal in which the Internet firm, in exchange for $200 million, agreed not to let others sell the Toys R Us products being offered on Amazon.
Amazon countersued soon after, seeking to dissolve the partnership, citing "chronic failure" by Toys R Us to keep items in stock and to otherwise adhere to their contract.