A foreign software developer is suing a Texas law firm and several attorneys on claims of copyright infringement and illegal distribution of its program.
Farhan Iqbal, doing business as LN Technologies, in Pakistan, filed a lawsuit May 21 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas Houston Division against Sullo & Sullo LLP, Bobbitt Law Firm PC, Gregory Sullo, Andrew Frank Sullo and Barry Bobbitt, citing copyright infringement.
The lawsuit states Farhan Iqbal outsources information technology services to U.S. companies and his brother, Fahim Iqbal, who lives in the U.S., was approached by Sullo & Sullo to develop software and back office services.
Fahim contracted with the firm through his company Enation in 2007 with an understanding he would get a 15 percent share of ownership-revenues after expenses and then contracted Farhan to write the software, according to the suit. The software was used at Sullo & Sullo and at Bobbitt Law, which is owned by a former partner of Sullo & Sullo.
According to the suit, Fahim Iqbal never got his money and resigned from the agreement. Farhan Iqbal continued work until Feb. 3, when the law firm informed him they would no longer pay the fees. The firm was told they must cease using the software because, but the firm continued to use the software, the complaint alleges.
Farhan Iqbal is seeking a permanent injunction from use of the software, actual damages, pre and post judgment costs and court costs.
He is being represented by Charles M.R. Vethan of the Vethan Law Firm PC in Houston.
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas Houston Division Court Case No. 4:14-cv-01421
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