Brief Rip-Off Suit Could Inspire Copycat Claims Against Attys

By Andrew Strickler (September 22, 2016, 6:18 PM EDT) -- The tale of Newegg Inc.'s copyright suit against a lawyer who allegedly copied a brief it filed in a patent lawsuit may seem like an anomaly, but experts say that hurling accusations of copied briefs and plagiarism at fellow lawyers may be a new weapon for vexatious attorneys.

As a copyright matter, U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter found little gray area for defendant Ezra Sutton, a New Jersey IP attorney targeted by Newegg for ripping off a brief two years ago in a suit in which his client was a co-defendant of Newegg's.

The California federal judge ruled earlier this...

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