NXIVM Corporation and First Principles, Inc. v. The Ross Institute, Civil No. 06-01051 (D. N.J. transferred March 7, 2006) (transfer from N.D.N.Y.),
Status: Pending
The organization NXIVM sued a "cult de-programmer" and two writers who authored and posted on the Internet a report on plaintiff’s program using quotes from their copyrighted seminar manual. A federal court in New York denied a preliminary injunction barring the defendants from using the materials, which was affirmed (see below). In February 2006, the case was transferred to federal court in New Jersey, where the case is pending. On June 27, the judge granted defendants’ motions to dismiss some of the claims, leaving the trade secret and contractual claims against all defendants, and the copyright claims against the Ross Institute.
In late February 2007, a magistrate judge in another case held that Ross could obtain a report that a lawyer hired by NXIVM prepared as part of an effort to discredit Ross, holding that it was not protected by attorney-client privilege because it had been given to third parties (see NXIVM Corp. v. O'Hara, Civil No. 05-1546 (N.D.N.Y. order Feb. 23, 2007)).
Links and Court Documents:
mentioned in http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1136838328818
article on discovery ruling: http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1173101906318

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