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1. Dear Alin H, you need to take injunction proceedings enforcing your exclusivity clause against both the supplier and this competitor who is retailing the dresses over which you have an exclusivity agreement.
2. Essentially, the taking out of an injunction is how you protect the goodwill in your business. If necessary you also sue the third parties who are supplying your competitor with the similar dresses. However, the aim is to force the other parties to comply with your exclusivity clause.
3. Be aware that as well as enforcing this exclusivity clause, you can take an action for breach of confidence to protect the commercial dealings of your business from disclosure by this rival competitor. This would include the matters you mention, such as sources of production and prices.
4. An injunction will also lie to protect matters defended by taking an action for breach of confidence.
5. I would advise you to see a solicitor and get him to instruct a barrister so you can get injunction proceedings issued against all parties. The solicitor will initially write a letter before action calling upon the parties to desist. However, if they don't, you will have to issue injunction proceedings to get your relief in court.
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7. You need to get together with the supplier and sue the distributor and the competitor with them. There is no point in sitting on your hands and complaining as otherwise the situation will just continue. Additionally, you shouldn't rely upon your supplier to solve the problem as they are only interested in more sales anyway - from whatever source they get them!