BlessingWhite Files Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against General Electric

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BlessingWhite, an employee-owned consulting firm, filed suit last week in U.S. District Court (in Trenton, NJ against General Electric Company (GE) charging copyright infringement of its flagship employee development program, Managing Personal Growth© (MPG). The suit (Case #06CV02372) seeks recovery of actual and statutory damages that BlessingWhite sustained as a result of GE’s actions, plus court costs and attorney fees.

BlessingWhite, an employee-owned consulting firm, filed suit last week in U.S. District Court in Trenton, NJ against General Electric Company (GE) charging copyright infringement of its flagship employee development program, Managing Personal Growth© (MPG). The suit (Case #06CV02372) seeks recovery of actual and statutory damages that BlessingWhite sustained as a result of GE’s actions, plus court costs and attorney fees.

“We have taken this step reluctantly,” says BlessingWhite CEO and President Christopher Rice, “Our efforts over the last 10 months to convince GE to take appropriate, responsible action ended in failure.” He continues, “At BlessingWhite, our livelihood resides in our ideas and thought leadership. We take intellectual property rights seriously. GE’s unauthorized use of the MPG program content represents a clear violation of those rights.”

In July 2005, BlessingWhite became aware that GE provides a program called “My Development @ GE” for employee growth and development. Its suit charges that “My Development @ GE” is substantially similar to MPG, and that it has been distributed for several years to GE’s approximately 300,000 employees.

For more than 30 years, MPG has been a mainstay of corporate training and employee alignment efforts, helping employees take ownership of their professional development and success on the job. The program blends personal values clarification, skills feedback, insights into job satisfaction, and structured employee-manager dialogue. Additional information on MPG can be found on http://www.blessingwhite.com.

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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