Secured Complete Dismissal of $160 Million Copyright and Software License Dispute Brought Against Software Developers

June 14, 2022

MPAY Inc. v. Erie Custom Computer Applications, Inc., and Payroll World, Inc.

Serving as lead defense counsel, Robins Kaplan LLP secured a complete defense verdict in favor of Erie Custom Computer Applications, Inc. and Payroll World, Inc.—two developers of payroll processing software—including a jury verdict dismissing claims for copyright infringement and breach of contract in a significant software licensing dispute brought by MPAY Inc.

MPAY Inc. filed suit in March 2019, alleging that defendants improperly used, copied, and distributed software and related source code in violation of the parties’ license agreement. MPAY asserted claims of copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, tortious interference with prospective economic advantage, and breach of contract.

Early in the case, Robins Kaplan secured a summary judgment ruling that dismissed trade secret misappropriation and other related claims. On June 14, 2022, following a seven-day trial, a federal jury awarded defendants a complete defense verdict on the remaining claims of breach of contract, direct copyright infringement, contributory copyright infringement, vicarious copyright infringement, and tortious interference with prospective economic advantage.  
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Christopher K. Larus

Partner

Chair, National IP and Technology Litigation Group

David A. Prange

Partner

Deputy Chair, IP and Technology Litigation Group

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