A small Long Island company can sue in the Court of Claims for what it contends was the piracy of its child-finder materials by Republicans in the state Senate.

Court of Claims Judge James H. Ferreira agreed with Senate attorneys that state courts have no jurisdiction over violations of the federal Copyright Act of 1976. But in Lifeline v. State of New York, 2007-039-015, Judge Ferreira decided that Congress had not reserved for federal courts exclusive jurisdiction over enforcement of the Lanham Act, and that allegations of violations under that statute can be heard by the Court of Claims.

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