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Public Citizen Litigation Group

The Public Citizen Litigation Group is headquarted in Washing, D.C., near Dupont Circle. They do not spend their money on fancy digs or lavish office suites. The people who work there are good lawyers and they are fighting the small, and large, legal battles that larger law firms avoid because the money isn't there.

We first heard about Public Citizen Litigation Group when we received an email from Greg Beck. We get emails every day asking trademark and copyright questions, usually in connection with eBay auctions. We sort of passed over his first email because we didn't understand what he was asking. His second email we answered. And we've been sending possible court acses his way since.

Greg has taken a number of cases and acted on behalf of others in dealing with some of the jerk corporate lawyers. Public Citizen Litigation Group cannot take every case that is tossed in their direction; they don't have the time or the budget. But what they do take they do well with.

When people ask us about helping with the fight, we direct them to our contributions page which references Public Citizen Litigation Group.

The Public Citizens Litigation Group doesn't take a case just because its been referred to them. They look at the case for facts that show someone is being wrongly attacked and that they did little or nothing to contribute to that attack. Cases that Public Citizen Litigation Group has taken we referred:

  • Autodesk, filed November 14, 2007. Press release about Autodesk; Lawsuit filed against Autodesk
  • Dymo Corp, Press release about Dymo Corp lawsuit April 25, 2006, Lawsuit filed against Dymo Corp, Press release about Dymo Corp settlement
  • World Of Warcraft, Press release March 24, 2006, about World Of Warcraft lawsuit, Press release June 9, 2006, about World Of Warcraft settlement, Lawsuit filed against World Of Warcraft
  • Dudnikov vs Sevenarts, 10th District Court of Appeals, Opening Brief, filed January 10, 2007. Oral arguments heard October 3, 2007 in Denver concerning the jurisdictional issues.
  • Owen & Emma vs Scott Boras, settled with a few telephone calls by Greg Beck,

The National Law Journal's article about Trademark Lawsuits where companies attempt to squelch dissent by falsly claiming infringement is worth reading. It quotes Paul Levy.

Greg Beck posted on the Public Citizens Litigation Group web site's blog an article about Salonquest, owned by Aquge, about using pictues of products in order to sell them on eBay.

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