McGraw-Hill, Pearson claim Palm Beach book sellers sold counterfeits

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 9, 2017

MIAMI — Two textbook publishers are suing Javian Moore and Lakeria Moore, citing alleged copyright and trademark infringement for selling unauthorized copies of their titles.

McGraw-Hill Global Education Holdings LLC and Pearson Education Inc. filed a complaint on March 30 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against the defendants, Palm Beach residents, alleging that they violated the Copyright Act and the Lanham Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that, as a result of defendants infringing of plaintiffs’ copyrighted works. they have suffered substantial decline in revenue from sales or rentals and could cause them to cease publication of one or more deserving textbooks. The plaintiffs hold the defendants responsible because the y allegedly distributed and sold counterfeit copies of plaintiffs’ textbooks.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek damages and/or restitution according to proof at trial, disgorgement of defendants’ profits realized from their unlawful conduct, an order enjoining defendants from further infringing plaintiffs’ copyrights, attorney’s fees, expenses and costs and such other and further relief the court deems proper. They are represented by Karen L. Stetson of Gray Robinson PA in Miami and Matthew J. Oppenheim and Michele H. Murphy of Oppenheim & Zebrak LLP in Washington, D.C.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 9:17-cv-80404

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