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April 5, 2013

Publication and Copyright Case

Joel E. Wright and Mary DePaolo Haddad won dismissal for lack of personal jurisdiction in Johnson v. Venzon, et al. in the Western District of Washington.  The plaintiff sued the New York defendants for the allegedly unlawful publication of a book on which he held the copyright.  Joel and Mary convinced the court that the plaintiff could not show the defendants knew he was a Washington resident and that their conduct was expressly aimed at the forum, resulting in dismissal for lack of jurisdiction.

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State and Federal Debt Collection Practices

Marc Rosenberg obtained summary judgment of dismissal in Paris v. Attorney.  The plaintiff sued Marc’s client for alleged failure to comply with state and federal debt collection practices and a breach of Washington’s Consumer Protection Act (CPA).  The district court dismissed all claims, finding no breach of the federal debt collection act because the attorney was not required to provide the debtor with a second initial communication.  The Court dismissed the state debt collection claim after concluding Washington’s statute provides no private right of action.  Finally, the court dismissed the CPA claim without prejudice, finding insufficiently alleged damages, but declining to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over that claim.

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