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Hydraulic Marine Systems Inc. v. Mid-America Foundation Supply Inc.

This case involves “barge thrusters”…think gigantic outboard motors for barges…and the copyrighted instructions thereto. Defendant allegedly bought a few barge thrusters from Plaintiff, slapped its own trademark on the thrusters, took a few pictures, and attempted to resell the product along with false claims regarding the thruster’s physical capabilities. Defendant is also alleged to have copied photographs and descriptions from Plaintiff’s copyrighted instructions.

Court Case Number: 1:10-cv-00344-JVB -RBC
File Date: Monday, October 04, 2010
Plaintiff: Hydraulic Marine Systems Inc.
Plaintiff Counsel: D. Randall Brown and Jennifer Rae Tudor of Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Defendant: Mid-America Foundation Supply Inc.
Cause: Copyright Infringement, False Designation of Origin, Trade Dress Infringement, Unfair Competition and Deceptive Trade Practices
Court: Northern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Joseph S. Van Bokkelen
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Roger B. Cosbey