JC Penney Puts Martha Stewart Goods on Hold

Martha Stewart speaking with Matt Lauer
Martha Stewart speaking with Matt Lauer

J.C. Penney agreed on Thursday not to sell products designed by Martha Stewart in categories deemed exclusive to Macy's before a court date in April.

The agreement came as a New York judge adjourned a trial over whether Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia breached its contract with Macy's when it entered into a deal with J.C. Penney. The trial was adjourned until April 8 because of scheduling conflicts.

Justice Jeffrey Oing of New York state supreme court also ordered the companies into mediation in an effort to resolve the dispute.

"In advance of the judge's order that the parties enter into mediation, Martha Stewart and Terry Lundgren had a productive conversation regarding the ongoing contract dispute between MSLO and Macy's," Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia said in a statement. "We view today's actions as a positive step forward and welcome a prompt and fair resolution."