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Minsky Spars with Rosedale and Kapor over Alleged Fraud in Minsky's Second Life Trademark Infringement Case

In the past two weeks, Linden Research Chairman Philip Rosedale and former Chairman Mitch Kapor continued to spar with Richard Minsky in federal court filings concerning the fraud claims asserted against them by Mr. Minsky. Mr. Minsky brought his action against Rosedale and Kapor, as well as Linden Research, to claim infringement of his federally registered trademark SLART. Rosedale and Kapor recently filed a reply brief in support of their motion to dismiss the fraud claims against them, and Minsky’s filing is an additional reply in opposition to their motion.
Mr. Minsky claimed that he relied to his detriment on public statements of Kapor and Rosedale, in which they contend that Second Life preserves the intellectual property rights of users. The thrust of Kapor’s and Rosedale’s motion to dismiss is that Mr. Minsky failed to plead fraud with particularity. Among other things, they contend that Kapor and Rosedale have no personal involvement with the conduct in question, and have directed no statements to Mr. Minsky personally. Mr. Minsky disputes the lack of their personal involvement.

Copies of the most recent filings in the Minsky case appear on the Minsky v. Linden Research documents page.