Damages Lowered In Architect's Copyright Case

Law360 (January 9, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- The award for a California “architect to the stars” who won a copyright infringement lawsuit in 2005 against a contractor who ripped off one of his designs to surreptitiously build a copycat mansion for himself in Beverly Hills has been drastically reduced.

At the end of December, a jury returned a verdict of $663,931 rather than the prior verdict of more than $5 million. More than $350,000 from the original verdict was carried over, meaning the damages for infringement now stand at $1.1 million.

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