Unclaimed Property Recovery Service Inc (UPRS) and Gelb, its principal, were among the plaintiffs in a class action, represented with other class members by Kaplan, an attorney. UPRS and Gelb alleged that Gelb had conducted the research underpinning the class claim, drafted most of the pleadings and compiled the exhibits. After UPRS and Gelb fell out with Kaplan, they claimed that Kaplan had violated their copyright in the litigation materials, which had been amended by Kaplan and used in pursuing the claim on behalf of the other plaintiffs (UPRS and Gelb having opted not to participate further in the proceedings): Unclaimed Property Recovery Service Inc v Kaplan (2d Cir, 20 August 2013).
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