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Competing Law Firm Infringed Brayton Purcell's Copyrights

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

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- May 19, 2006 -- An arbitrator awarded over $180,000 in favor of Brayton Purcell after the law firm's popular web site, Elder Abuse Information, was plagiarized. Without obtaining permission, the competing law firm of 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 layout.

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).

Our Elder Abuse Practice

Brayton Purcell's Elder Abuse Information web site 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.

Brayton Purcell is experienced in many aspects of elder abuse law, including nursing home abuse, elder neglect, financial elder abuse and inadequate pain management issues. If you or an elderly relative has been a victim of elder abuse, we can help. There is no fee for the initial consultation, and all communications are held in the utmost confidence (see our contact information).

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