Law Firm Files Suit for Plagiarism of its Web Site

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Brayton Purcell, a respected plaintiff law firm based in Novato, California, filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement when it discovered large portions of its popular web site, Elder Abuse Information (http://www.elder-abuse-information.com), posted on another law firm's web site.

You probably spent a great deal of time and money getting your web site to look just right and to include the appropriate message. Imagine the shock and feeling of violation that you would experience if your work was copied. Sadly, this outcome is not unusual for many businesses. Plagiarism is too common on the web, sometimes word-for-word and picture-by-picture.

Brayton Purcell, a respected plaintiff law firm based in Novato, California, decided to do something about the plagiarism problem when it discovered large portions of its popular web site, Elder Abuse Information (http://www.elder-abuse-information.com), posted on another web site. On November 24, 2004, it filed a lawsuit against Recordan & Recordan, a San Diego law firm(Case No. C04-4995-EMC, United States District Court for the Northern District of California).

The complaint alleged copyright infringement, false advertising, and unfair competition. Brayton Purcell seeks money damages as well as the removal of the offending web site material from the Internet.

“We are fortunate to have the resources to pursue our case. Some small businesses that are the victims of plagiarism are not in the position to protest,” said Cheryl Kaul, manager of Brayton Purcell’s Information Services, Web Development and Programming departments. “We are taking this action today to show that plagiarism will not be tolerated and to make the Internet a fairer place. We hope that our example will make people think twice before attempting to copy the works of others.”

Firm Hosts Several Web Sites

Brayton Purcell’s Elder Abuse Information web site (http://www.elder-abuse-information.com) discusses the different forms of elder abuse, its causes and symptoms, and the legal rights of the elderly. It explores abuse problems in various settings, from hospitals to assisted living facilities and nursing homes. The firm’s other web sites include Asbestos Network (http://www.asbestosnetwork.com ), Mesothelioma Network (http://www.mesotheliomasite.com), Beryllium Network (http://www.chronicberylliumdisease.com) and Brayton Purcell (http://www.braytonlaw.com). All five web sites were written with the goal of educating and helping the public.

About Brayton Purcell

For over 20 years, Brayton Purcell has helped clients protect their legal rights in the face of devastating losses such as illness, injuries, and harm to family members. We represent victims of elder abuse, nursing home abuse, and inadequate pain management. We also enjoy a national reputation for the high quality of our personal injury and product liability work. For more information, call 415-898-1555 or visit the firm web site at http://www.braytonlaw.com

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