But Sycamore may be on solid footing, according to Alon Kapen, a partner at law firm Farrell Fritz. L Brands may have needed to spell out what it might be allowed to do, even under extreme circumstances, or perhaps should have “picked up the phone” and discussed its moves with Sycamore, in light of their pending agreement, he said.

“Remember this is a contract between two grown-ups, and these are extraordinary actions,” Kapen told Retail Dive in an interview. “L Brands will need to point to the provisions of the agreement that would allow them to take actions like this.”