A lawsuit filed by three textbook companies in New York last year against Murray businessman Chuck Jones and several other parties was dismissed Friday.
McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. and Pearson Education, Inc. filed the suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in September 2012. Cengage Learning, Inc. was later added as a plaintiff. The plaintiffs asserted five claims in the lawsuit: That the defendants were responsible for direct copyright infringement, contributory copyright infringement, vicarious copyright infringement, violation of the integrity of copyright management information and trademark counterfeiting.
According to court documents, the notice for entry of proposed stipulated judgments and dismissal was emailed to the attorneys for all concerned parties on Friday. The defendants listed in the suit were Charles A. Jones; C.A. Jones Management Group, LLC; College Book Rental Company LLC, doing business as collegebookrenter.com; James W. Byars; SE book company, LLC doing business as Southeastern Book Company; Excess, LLC, doing business as Innovative Printing; Global Book Resellers, LLC; SE Campus Books, LLC doing business as University Book and Bean; Bookoodles, LLC; Blackrock Investments, LLC; Marc Peebles; Accu Copy doing business as Accu Link; Tom O’Brien; and Does 1-10.
The dismissal notice reads, “Plaintiffs hereby give notice for the Court to enter the Stipulated Permanent Injunctions, submitted herewith, with respect to Defendants Charles A. Jones, CA Jones Management Inc., Excess, LLC d/b/a Innovative Printing and Graphics, Global Book Resellers, LLC, Marc Peebles, James W. Byars. Once entered, the claims against those Defendants will be fully and finally resolved, and they may be dismissed from the case, with prejudice.”
John J. Griffin Jr., an attorney with Kay, Griffin, Enkema & Colbert, PLLC in Nashville, Tenn. represented Jones in the case and said he had no comment Monday. Barry I. Slotnick of Loeb & Loeb LLP in New York City represented Jones, C.A. Jones Management Group, LLC; Global Book Resellers, LLC; and Excess LLC. Slotnick did not return a phone call before deadline Monday.
This was the third lawsuit against Jones to be dismissed in the last seven months. A lawsuit and restraining order filed in September 2012 by Jones’ former company College Book Rental Company was dismissed in October. Jones and his wife, Sarah Jones, CA Jones Management Group, Global Book Resellers, and John Does 1-10 were listed as the defendants in that case.
In February 2012, Jones’ business partner, David Griffin of Nashville, filed a lawsuit against Jones in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. That lawsuit was settled after it was determined that Griffin’s request would be met to appoint a consultant to manage several of Jones’ companies.
Jones later stepped down as CEO of four companies, and Myles MacDonald of the Nashville-based KraftCPAs Turnaround & Restructuring was appointed as the consultant to run the companies. MacDonald’s engagement with the company was later terminated as a result of the agreement reached in the dismissal of the College Book Rental Company lawsuit against Jones.
A lawsuit represents only one side of an issue.