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White v. Westlaw Complaint

White v. Westlaw Complaint

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 Gregory A. BlueGREGORY A. BLUE, P.C.405 Lexington Avenue, Suite 2600 New York, New York 10174Telephone: (646) 351-0006Facsimile: (212) 208-6874Email: blue@bluelegal.us
Raymond A. BragarBRAGAR WEXLER EAGEL & SQUIRE, P.C.885 Third Ave., Suite 3040New York, New York 10022Telephone: (212) 308-5858Facsimile: (212) 208-2519Email: bragar@bragarwexler.com
 Attorneys for Plaintiffs
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTSOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK EDWARD L. WHITE; EDWARD L. WHITE, P.C.;and
KENNETH ELAN
, on behalf of themselves andall others similarly situated,
ECF CASE12-CV-1340 (JSR)
Plaintiffs,
CLASS ACTIONCOMPLAINT
- against -JURY TRIAL DEMANDEDWEST PUBLISHING CORPORATION d/b/a “West”;and REED ELSEVIER INC.,d/b/a LexisNexis,Defendants.
EDWARD L. WHITE and EDWARD L. WHITE, P.C. (collectively, “White”),and KENNETH ELAN (“Elan,” collectively with White “Plaintiffs”) by theirundersigned attorneys, as and for their Original Class Action Complaint against WESTPUBLISHING COORPORATION d/b/a/ “West” (“West”); and REED ELSEVIER INC.,
 
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d/b/a/ LexisNexis (“Lexis” or “LexisNexis”), (collectively, “Defendants”), respectfullyallege as follows:
Nature of the Case
 1.
 
This is a copyright infringement action against West and LexisNexis basedupon their unabashed wholesale copying of thousands of copyright-protected workscreated by, and owned by, the attorneys and law firms who authored them.2.
 
The Defendants are the largest electronic legal research providers in theUnited States. West and LexisNexis have engaged in wholesale unlawful copying of attorneys’ copyrighted work, bundled those works into searchable databases, and soldaccess to those works in the form of digitized text and images for huge profits. In doingso, West and LexisNexis are infringing the rights of the very clients they purport to serve.West and LexisNexis well know that the copyright laws of the United States require themto obtain authorization from the attorneys who created the works they infringe. Despitethis knowledge, West and LexisNexis have for years and continue to systematically sellthe attorneys’ work.3.
 
Plaintiffs, on behalf of themselves and the classes they seek to representare entitled to damages, disgorgement of profits, a declaratory judgment, and aninjunction to prevent further infringement.
Parties
4.
 
Edward L. White is an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Oklahoma, and is admitted to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office. Mr. White practices law in the law firm Edward L. White, P.C., an Oklahoma professional corporation, with an office located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mr. White
 
 3and his firm authored, and have obtained copyright registration for, each of the worksidentified in Exhibit A hereto. At least these following works also appears in one or more of the Defendants’ electronic databases:
Title...........................Plaintiffs’ Combined Motion For Summary Judgment ForPlaintiffs, Beer And Ramsey, And Brief In Support.RegistrationNumber/Date............. TX0007259439 / 2010-05-20Copyright Claimant... Edward L. White, P.C.Date of Creation........2009Date of Publication.... 2009-05-20Authorship onApplication................ Edward L. White, P.C.,Lexis Citation............2009 U.S. Dist. Ct. Motions L
EXIS
79681Westlaw Citation.......2009 WL 1947652===============================================================Title........................... Plaintiffs’ Motion In Limine.RegistrationNumber/Date............. TX0007417300 / 2010-05-21Copyright Claimant... Edward L. White, P.C.Date of Creation........2010Date of Publication.... 2010-03-15Authorship onApplication................ Edward L. White, P.C.,Lexis Citation............2010 U.S. Dist. Ct. Motions L
EXIS
5166Westlaw Citation.......2010 WL 1723677

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