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NEARLY $150,000 PAID IN CLAIM FOR PHOTOCOPYING NEWSLETTER AND SENDING COPIES TO McDONALD'S

 NEARLY $150,000 PAID IN CLAIM FOR PHOTOCOPYING NEWSLETTER
 AND SENDING COPIES TO McDONALD'S
 ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- A federal judge has signed an order giving almost $150,000 to an Arlington newsletter firm that made copyright infringement claims against a testing laboratory for internal photocopying and for sending copies to a client, McDonald's Corp.
 The order, announced today by publisher Washington Business Information Inc. (WBII), involved Labtest International of Moonachie, N.J., a subsidiary of London-based Inchcape, which had 1991 revenues of over 3.6 billion pounds ($6.2 billion at current rates).
 WBII had sued (92-750A) in Alexandria, Va., federal court, claiming Labtest made repeated, multiple, cover-to-cover photocopies of the weekly Product Safety Letter for its own employees, faxed copies to its Hong Kong office and mailed or faxed copies to an in-house lawyer at McDonald's headquarters.
 U.S. District Judge James Cacheris signed the order, which gives WBII $111,535 for the photocopying and for new or renewed subscriptions, plus $35,000 for legal fees and costs. The case was handled for WBII by attorney Michael Montavon of Fairfax, Va., with counsel from Jon Baumgarten of Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn.
 Labtest's photocopying was uncovered after a tipster replied to WBII's $2,000 reward offer for information on photocopying. Similar tips by employees led to claims or suits in three earlier cases in which WBII won major payments -- from a Fortune 50 company, the Washington law firm Collier Shannon & Scott and an unidentified large multi-national firm.
 "Companies that photocopy illegally are like a millionaire who puts a slug in a coin phone," said WBII publisher David Swit. "We believe the Labtest settlement, and earlier ones, upholds our long- standing position that cover-to-cover photocopying is copyright infringement entitling us to significant statutory damages." He noted that Labtest could have bought extra copies of the newsletter for $325 each a year; the first copy is $657.
 WBII has 10 newsletters. The others are Devices & Diagnostics Letter, Europe Drug & Device Report, The Food & Drug Letter, Hazardous Materials Transportation, MDR Watch, The GMP Letter, Drug GMP Report, Regulatory Watchdog Service and Washington Drug Letter. The firm, founded in 1972, has 20 employees.
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 /CONTACT: David Swit of Washington Business Information, 703-247-3445/ CO: Washington Business Information, Inc.; McDonald's Corp.; Labtest
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