Thursday, August 16, 2012

Lawyers accused of filing motion plagiarized from internet sites

Lindsay Lohan's lawyers are being accused of plagiarizing a "motion" they filed in a case brought against the rapper Pitbull for using Lohan's name in a song.  Pitbull's attorneys claim the plagiarized document constitutes a violation of professional ethics and thus they are seeking sanctions against Lohan's legal team.

From the New York Daily News:

Lawyers for Lindsay Lohan, who’s suing Pitbull for using her name in a song, are bailing out of the case amid accusations that their legal arguments were plagiarized from Internet sites.

“Ms. Lohan's and her attorneys' course of conduct demonstrates that they commenced this action in bad faith, looking to make a quick buck through an expected settlement," Pitbull's lawyer Audrey Pumariega said in papers filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.

The rapper, whose real name is Armando Christian Perez, wants sanctions against the lawyers and dismissal of the suit — which seeks “substantial” monetary damages for uttering LiLo’s name in “Give Me Everything.” They also want the lawyers sanctioned for plagiarizing

Pitbull's legal team submitted a 20-page, detailed comparison of Lohan's opposition papers, which they say show that numerous passages were lifted word-for-word from legal Web sites.

Continue reading here. Hat tip to Above the Law.

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