A law firm battling the term-paper mill industry’s alleged theft of academic work has stepped up its attack with an unusual pro bono class action and a quiver full of legal claims, including copyright infringement, fraud and civil racketeering.

McDermott, Will & Emery, which secured a settlement for a single plaintiff in a case against term-paper operator R2C2 Inc. and its owner Rusty Carroll last year, opted for the class action route to attack alleged abuses in the industry and by Carbondale, Ill.-based R2C2. Blue Macellari v. Rusty Carroll, No. 05-01461 (S.D. Ill.).

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