Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status

Sturdza v. United Arab Emirates

281 F.3d 1287 (2002)

Case BriefRelatedOptions
From our private database of 33,600+ case briefs...

Sturdza v. United Arab Emirates

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

281 F.3d 1287 (2002)

Facts

Elena Sturdza (plaintiff) and Angelos Demetriou (defendant) were architects who competed for a contract to design an embassy building for the United Arab Emirates (defendant). After the United Arab Emirates agreed to award the contract to Sturdza, it entered into a contract with Demetriou. Sturdza filed a lawsuit in federal district court against the United Arab Emirates and Demetriou. With regard to Demetriou, Sturdza alleged that he had committed copyright infringement by stealing her embassy design and that he had committed several torts in violation of state law, including intentional interference with contractual relations, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and conspiracy to commit fraud. Demetriou filed a motion to dismiss Sturdza’s state-law tort claims, arguing that the claims were preempted by § 301 of the Copyright Act of 1976. That section provided that federal copyright law preempted state-law claims related to designs that fall under the subject matter of the Copyright Act and were equivalent to the exclusive rights provided by the act. Sturdza opposed the motion, arguing that her state-law claims contained extra elements not required for her copyright claim. Whereas the copyright claim required Sturdza to show that Demetriou had reproduced, performed, distributed, or displayed her copyrighted work, the state-law claims required Sturdza to show that Demetriou had engaged in other conduct, including intentional interference with her contractual rights, extreme conduct that caused her to experience severe emotional distress, and fraudulent behavior in furtherance of a conspiracy. The district court granted Demetriou’s motion and dismissed Sturdza’s state-law claims. Sturdza appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Tatel, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 602,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.

    Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.

    Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee

Here's why 602,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 33,600 briefs, keyed to 984 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership
Here's why 602,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
  • Reliable - written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students
  • The right length and amount of information - includes the facts, issue, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents
  • Access in your class - works on your mobile and tablet
  • 33,600 briefs - keyed to 984 casebooks
  • Uniform format for every case brief
  • Written in plain English - not in legalese and not just repeating the court's language
  • Massive library of related video lessons - and practice questions
  • Top-notch customer support

Access this case brief for FREE

With a 7-day free trial membership