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Quarles & Brady Team featured in article “Federal Regulations Can Be Copyrighted, Court Rules”


Below is an excerpt:

The ruling came in two different lawsuits that have been consolidated.

The first, filed in 2013, was lodged by ASTM; the National Fire Protection Association, Inc.; and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers over technical standards. The second, filed in 2014, was lodged by the American Educational Research Association, Inc.; the American Psychological Association, Inc.; and National Council on Measurement in Education, Inc. over educational standards.

The battle over standards isn’t Public.Resource’s only current court fight. The group was also sued by the state of Georgia in 2015 over its decision to scan and distribute online the “Official Code of Georgia Annotated,” an annotated version of the state's code prepared by LexisNexis.

The case is pending.

The plaintiffs are represented by Nikia L. Gray, Jonathan Hudis and Jonathan P. Labukas of Quarles & Brady LLP.


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