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Hughey Law Group Successfully Defends Booksellers Against Claims of Intentionally Dealing in Counterfeit Materials

Hughey Law Group successfully defends a Davis, California-based, family-owned bookstore, which primarily deals in secondary market, used academic books and caters to UC Davis and other local student bodies, against false claims of purposefully trafficking in counterfeit books, as well as copyright and trademark infringement. Boston-based publishing company Cengage Learning brought federal suit in Chicago claiming the Davis company intentionally bought and resold counterfeit books and demanded in excess of $3.5 million. HLG proved the book titles in question were purchased through Amazon from third-party sellers abroad and the Davis company did not (and would not) intentionally or knowingly traffic in counterfeit materials. HLG maneuvering, which first involved successfully securing court order transferring the case from Chicago to Sacramento, resulted in exceptionally favorable resolution for the Davis company.