SAN FRANCISCO – A doctor who resides in California alleges he was falsely accused of plagiarism.

Raphael Stricker filed a complaint on June 16 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Samuel Shor, Betty Maloney, Barbara Buchman, International Lyme and Associated Disease Society and Does 1-10 alleging copyright infringement and defamation.

According to the complaint, the wrote an article on Lyme disease that was accepted for publication by Dove Press, but Dove later rejected the article because Shor objected to its publication.

The plaintiff holds Shor, Maloney, Buchman, International Lyme and Associated Disease Society and Does 1-10 responsible because the defendants allegedly submitted a plagiarized version of the plaintiff's paper for publication and falsely accused the plaintiff of plagiarism.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks special damages, general damages, punitive damages, statutory penalties, disgorgement, injunction, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just. He is represented by Andrew G. Watters of Andrew G. Watters in Redwood City.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California case number 5:17-cv-03491-NC

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