SACRAMENTO – A software developer alleges a Rocklin individual has been selling counterfeit versions of its copyrighted software.

Microsoft Corp. filed a complaint on Aug. 22 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California against Eric Morgan, doing business as Software Noggin and also known as, and Does 1-5 alleging copyright infringement, false designation of origin and other counts.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that it was informed that the defendants advertised, marketed, copied, offered and distributed counterfeit copies of plaintiff's Office 2010 software to unsuspecting customers without consent. It alleges these acts injured its business reputation and caused monetary damages.

The plaintiff holds Eric Morgan and Does 1-5 responsible because the defendants allegedly deceived consumers by passing off infringing materials as genuine software and obtained profits that belong to plaintiff.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages, attorneys' fees, costs of suit and other relief as is just and proper. It is represented by Katherine M. Dugdale and Audra M. Mori of Perkins Coie LLP in Los Angeles.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California Case number 16-at-01042

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