De Bardossy v. Puski

763 F. Supp. 1239 (1991)

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De Bardossy v. Puski

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
763 F. Supp. 1239 (1991)

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Facts

Claire Kenneth De Bardossy (plaintiff) was a writer of romance novels, and Sandor Puski (defendant) was a book publisher. Both were Hungarian-born citizens who relocated to the United States following the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. Sometime in the 1970s, De Bardossy and Puski entered into an agreement that authorized Puski to publish Hungarian-language editions of her books in the United States. In the late 1980s, Puski moved back to Hungary and opened a book-publishing business. De Bardossy filed suit against Puski in United States federal district court for violating the Copyright Act of 1976, claiming Puski had published her books in Hungary following his return without her authorization. Puski sought to dismiss the complaint, arguing the court lacked subject-matter jurisdiction to hear De Bardossy’s claims.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Martin, J.)

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