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Greenbelt firm asks judge to dismiss $350 million copyright lawsuit

Greenbelt-based law firm Joseph, Greenwald & Laake P.A. has moved to dismiss a $350 million copyright infringement and trade secrets lawsuit filed against the firm last month. The lawsuit, filed April 3 by a Maryland computer programming company, alleged one of the law firm’s attorneys stole a copyrighted software program for a travel management system used by the federal government and then illegally distributed copies of it. In the motion to dismiss filed this week in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, the firm claims the company, Aldmyr Systems Inc., has no grounds to sue for three reasons: Aldmyr’s CEO, not the company itself, held the copyright to the program; the use of copyrighted material in litigation constitutes “fair use”; and the allegedly stolen materials did not qualify as trade secrets.

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