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Second Circuit Affirms Stris & Maher’s Complete Copyright Defense Victory for Barnes & Noble


This morning, the Second Circuit released its decision in Smith v. Barnes & Noble, No. 15-3508, affirming the summary judgment decision that the firm previously obtained in the Southern District of New York before the Honorable Andrew L. Carter Jr., an Obama appointee, in Barnes & Noble’s favor. In a unanimous decision, we prevailed. Opinion

In this case, the firm successfully defended Barnes & Noble against copyright infringement and unfair competition claims brought by an e-book author. After we secured summary judgment in Barnes & Noble’s favor on all claims, the author appealed to the Second Circuit. Partner Elizabeth Brannen argued the appeal on May 20, 2016. Oral Argument | Our Brief

For more information, please contact the firm’s chair of intellectual property litigation, Ms. Brannen at or (213) 995-6809.

Read our case study:
Barnes & Noble—Victory in New York

Related press coverage:
2nd Circ. Dodges ‘Novel’ Cloud Storage Copyright Questions (Law360, October 6, 2016) (subscription required)
New York Federal Judge Sides With Barnes & Noble In E-Book Copyright Case (Lexis Legal News, November 11, 2015) (subscription required)
Barnes & Noble Beats IP Suit Over Cloud-Stored E-Books (Law360, November 2, 2015) (subscription required)
B&N Says Book Sample Downloads Don’t Infringe Copyright (Law360, November 1, 2013) (subscription required)



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