On December 9, 2010, a jury in Los Angeles, California unanimously found in favor of media personality Dr. Lillian Glass in her copyright infringement trial against Marsha Petrie Sue, an author and professional speaker from Arizona.
In the trial, Dr. Glass had alleged that Petrie Sue’s 2007 book “Toxic People” had wrongfully copied from two lists in Dr. Glass’ 1992 book “He Says, She Says.” The jury of eight agreed.
Dr. Glass had also written a book in 1995 called “Toxic People.” She stumbled across Petrie Sue’s book of the same title on Amazon.com and learned that it contained material from “He Says, She Says.”
The author of fourteen books, Dr. Glass said: “I’m so happy, so proud to live in this country where we can send a message about improper copying. My books are my life’s work. They are full of valuable and helpful information. If a person wants to use something, contact me. But don’t copy my work without giving me credit and hope I won’t find out, because I will stand up to anyone who does this.”
“I not only fought this legal battle for myself,” added Dr. Glass,” I fought it on behalf of everyone who creates something.”
Dr. Glass was represented by Karish & Bjorgum, PC in Los Angeles.
Late last month, Dr. Lillian Glass released a sequel to her best- selling book “Toxic People” about relationships called “Toxic Men- 10 Ways to Identify, Deal With and Heal From Men Who Make Your Life Miserable” from Adams Media (2010). Dr. Glass is also a regular contributor to the Nancy Grace Show and has a monthly column in Cosmopolitan Magazine. Her commentary is regularly seen through the news media. www.drlillianglass.com