Brayton Purcell Awarded Over $180,000 in Web Site Plagiarism Suit

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An arbitrator awarded over $180,000 in favor of Brayton Purcell after the law firm’s popular web site, Elder Abuse Information, was plagiarized.

The law firm of Brayton Purcell won the battle against plagiarism of its popular web site, Elder Abuse Information, when an arbitrator awarded a total of over $180,000 in its favor. Without obtaining permission, a competing law firm, Recordon & Recordon, had posted large portions of material from the Elder Abuse Information web site on its own web site. Through its web site developers, Recordon copied the content word–for–word and even used the same graphics and lay–out.

The arbitrator set Recordon’s liability at $61,154 and found that it directly infringed the copyrights of Brayton Purcell. The firm’s web site developers, Apptomix, Inc and Jonathan Lee, were liable for $122,309. Their employee had added the elder abuse section to the Recordon site, committing willful copyright infringement, according to the arbitrator’s decision.

The total monetary award includes development and other web site costs as well as attorney fees. The court had previously entered an injunction, with Recordon’s consent, requiring Recordon to delete the offending material from its web site. The original lawsuit was filed in November, 2004 and alleged copyright infringement, false advertising, and unfair competition (Case No. C04-4995-EMC, United States District Court for the Northern District of California).

Elder Abuse Information and Other Web Sites

Brayton Purcell’s Elder Abuse Information web site (http://www.elder-abuse-information.com) discusses the different forms of elder abuse, the causes and symptoms of elder abuse, and the legal rights of the elderly. It explores abuse problems in various settings, from hospitals to assisted living facilities and nursing homes. The site also provides legal, medical and legislative news affecting seniors and their families.

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), Welding Rod Dangers (http://www.welding-rod-dangers.com) and Brayton Purcell (http://www.braytonlaw.com). All these 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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