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Tag Archives: U.S. District Court in Maryland

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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RICO suit: MGM casino construction shut out minority businesses

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A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court on Monday claims MGM National Harbor failed to award contracts for a significant portion of the construction of a $1.2 billion casino to minority businesses, despite receiving federal housing and community development funds earmarked for that purpose. The plaintiffs — which include the federal government, along with the Maryland Business Clergy Partnership and several minority businesses — claim that in filings with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development Director Eric Brown falsely stated that the casino project was complying with requirements to receive HUD funding.

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Law firm sued for copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets

A Maryland computer programming company is suing Joseph, Greenwald & Laake P.A. and one of the law firm’s attorneys for $350 million, alleging they stole a copyrighted program for an elite travel management system used by the federal government, and then illegally copied and distributed it. The program, called Zegato Travel Solutions, is used to process travel information for agents of the U.S. Marshall Service and other federal agencies on a classified basis, according to the lawsuit. Since the program was stolen and distributed, the plaintiffs — Aldmyr Systems Inc. and its related company Zegato Solutions Inc. — will no longer be able to ensure clients like the federal government of the system’s security, causing “irreparable harm” to the company, the complaint states.

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Report: Maryland’s U.S. District Court saw increase in filings last year

Maryland’s federal court saw a significant increase in both civil and criminal filings last year, particularly compared to the national trend, according to the annual Judicial Business of the United States Courts report compiled by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Civil case filings in U.S. District Court in Maryland increased 9.3 percent from 2013 to 2014, compared to just a 3.8 percent bump in federal courts nationwide. Meanwhile, criminal case filings in the state rose 7.7 percent but fell 9 percent across the country.

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