Cavco, Champion Battling in Copyright Dispute

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September 18, 2012 by   Comments Off on Cavco, Champion Battling in Copyright Dispute

Champion Home Builders Inc. has filed a countersuit in a copyright dispute with Cavco Industries Inc. and PHH Liquidation Trust Inc.

Phoenix-based Cavco, which builds manufactured homes and RVs, and its Palm Harbor Homes division filed the initial copyright suit in U.S. Federal Court against Champion, claiming Champion violated the copyright law and misappropriated trade secrets regarding manufactured home designs and floorplans.

Joseph Kesterson, a resident of Denton County, Texas, who formerly worked at Palm Harbor Homes and now works for Champion, is also a plaintiff in the countersuit.

In a countersuit filed Sept. 7 in U.S. Federal Court in Sherman, Texas, Troy, Mich.-based Champion and Kesterson deny they violated the copyright law.

Moreover, plaintiffs deny that the designs and floorplans at issue constitute copyrightable work. They seek a declaratory judgment in their favor. They also seek a judgment that the designs and floorplans are not copyrightable material of the defendants.

The case was assigned to Magistrate Judge Amos L. Mazzant.

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