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Darl, Norris, Bryan Cave Named as Defendants in IP Litigation - The Pelican Brief
Thursday, July 02 2009 @ 12:15 AM EDT

Well, my dreams are coming true. This is better than eagles. A new lawsuit with Darl McBride, Stephen Norris and Bryan Cave all named as defendants by Pelican Equity. The accusation? Theft of trade secrets.

No. Wait. Wait. Wait. It gets better. They are also accused of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. There is a God! [passes out from joy]

All right. I'm kidding around. But it's true that those are the allegations, plus much more. Courthouse News reports the overview. Of course, as SCO taught us onlookers, anyone can claim anything in a complaint. That doesn't mean they are guilty as alleged.

... hahahahahaha...

I haven't even read the complaint [PDF] yet, so we can savor it together, and when they file their answers, I'll surely share that with you too. No doubt there is another side to the story. I seriously can't wait. This is so funny, though, like seeing a stern family-values guy hopping a quickie flight to Argentina and getting caught at the airport, if ya know what I mean.

Oh, and Rama Ramachandran makes an appearance as a defendant too, as does Robert Brazell and Talos Partners. And Darl McBride is called by a nym, in the complaint: "Skyline Cowboy". Whoa. Or maybe I should say, Yahoo! They are accused of "fraud and deceit" -- if you can believe that -- and Bryan Cave of malpractice. Maybe I need to read this complaint.

Here's the docket so far:

1:09-cv-05927 NRB Pelican Equity, LLC v. Brazell et al
Naomi Reice Buchwald, presiding
Date filed: 06/29/2009
Date of last filing: 06/29/2009

History

Doc. No. Dates Description
--
Filed: 06/29/2009
Entered: 06/30/2009
Summons Issued
Docket Text: SUMMONS ISSUED as to Robert V. Brazell, Stephen L. Norris, Talos Partners, LLC, Rama Ramachandran, Darl McBride, Bryan Cave LLP. (mbe)
--
Filed: 06/29/2009
Entered: 06/30/2009
Case Designation
Docket Text: Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein is so designated. (mbe)
--
Filed: 06/29/2009
Entered: 06/30/2009
Case Designated ECF.
Docket Text: Case Designated ECF. (mbe)
1
Filed: 06/29/2009
Entered: 06/30/2009
Complaint
Docket Text: COMPLAINT against Robert V. Brazell, Stephen L. Norris, Talos Partners, LLC, Rama Ramachandran, Darl McBride, Bryan Cave LLP. (Filing Fee $ 350.00, Receipt Number 692929)Document filed by Pelican Equity, LLC.(mbe)
2
Filed: 06/29/2009
Entered: 06/30/2009
Rule 7.1 Corporate Disclosure Statement
Docket Text: RULE 7.1 CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT. No Corporate Parent. Document filed by Pelican Equity, LLC.(mbe)

Ah! Discovery looms. OMG. We'll get to hear all the details, thanks to discovery. Here's the opening section of the Complaint:

Pelican Equity, LLC, by its attorneys... for its Complaint against defendants Robert V. Brazell, Stephen L. Norris, Talos Partners, LLC, Rama Ramachandran, Darl McBride and Bryan Cave LLP, alleges as follows:

NATURE OF THIS ACTION

1. This action arises out of the defendants' theft of extremely valuable trade secrets, breaches of the fiduciary duties owed by business partners and company employees pursuant to written agreements, misappropriation and unfair competition, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, malpractice by a major international law firm, and fraud and deceit.
If any of the defendants would like to tell their side, Groklaw is willing to publish whatever comments they'd like to make. Or I guess in the case of skylinecowboy, his collected works are already available online. I just can't believe Darl would spend his time posting on Yahoo! SCOX Message Board. I don't even have time for that. But that is the allegation. I'm really stunned by this complaint, and for sure I'll post the answers.

Update: Now that I've read it, I've made the article Members Only for now.

Update 2: I am making the article public, now that parties have had the opportunity to respond.


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