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Hoefler and Frere-Jones set for $20 million court battle over share in iconic type foundry

17
Jan
2014

Hoefler Frere-Jones (HFJ), one of the most respected type foundries in the world, is now the subject of a multi-million dollar legal battle between its eponymous type designers Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones. The New York City foundry owns and sells licenses for well-known font families like Whitney and Gotham, and has also designed typefaces for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Esquire, HP, Nike, and others. The lawsuit was filed by Frere-Jones, who claims that Hoefler essentially tricked him into believing he would become an equal partner in HFJ, previously known as the Hoefler Type Foundry (HTF). Frere-Jones joined HTF in 1999, and claims he was promised equal equity and his name above the door in exchange for transferring the rights for some of the typefaces he designed, including Whitney, to the company.

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