More on the recent court

Sep 18, 2002

Posted by: John Admin


More on the recent court ruling against Nancy Stouffer from

In his 36-page opinion, [U.S. District Judge Allen G. Schwartz] also ordered Stouffer to stop “making false representations to third parties indicating that she owns all rights in the ‘Muggle’ and ‘Muggles’ trademarks and copyrights,” or that Rowling violated those rights. Rowling said in court papers she was “offended” that her “integrity and good character have been besmirched by the ludicrous allegations” by Stouffer.

“Ms. Rowling is thrilled to have been vindicated so clearly,” the author’s agent, Christopher Little, said in a statement. “Once and for all Nancy Stouffer’s unfounded claims and unscrupulous attempts to exploit Harry’s success have been exposed for what they are — totally bogus and malicious accusations.”

And from Yahoo news:

“The court finds, by clear and convincing evidence, that Stouffer has perpetuated a fraud … through her submission of fraudulent documents as well as through her untruthful testimony,” the judge wrote in an opinion dated Tuesday.

Stouffer’s attorney, Thomas McNamara, said he was considering new filings. “We were surprised and disappointed with the decision,” he said. “We were particularly troubled by the court’s determination that she submitted falsified evidence. She adamantly denies that.”

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