Doniger / Burroughs Obtains Massive 9th Circuit Victory – Copyright Law and Litigation

Culver City, California – On April 9, 2012, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals published its opinion in the heavily-contested case titled L.A. Printex Industries, Inc. v. Aeropostale, Inc.; et al. In the stunning 19-page opinion, the Court strongly voices its agreement with the legal positions advanced by Doniger / Burroughs attorney Scott A. Burroughs, who had argued the appeal in December of last year.

The thorough Opinion reverses in full a District Court ruling against Doniger / Burroughs client L.A. Printex in a copyright infringement case. The now-overturned ruling found no liability for copyright infringement on the part of defendant Aeropostale, Inc. and its vendor, for selling garments that bore a graphic design that L.A. Printex alleged was copied from its original art print. Doniger / Burroughs appealed this finding on behalf of its client, and the 9th Circuit has now granted in full that appeal, remanding the matter for further litigation, and vacating an award to the defendants of over $400,000.00 in attorneys’ fees. It is an overwhelming victory for L.A. Printex, and those who believe in protecting artists and copyrights.

This is the second published Opinion in the area of copyright law that Mr. Burroughs has argued and obtained from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in the last two years.

The Opinion, which contains an in-depth analysis of important copyright law issues such as substantial similarity, access, and copyright registration validity, can be found by clicking: HERE

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