PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania company is suing The Coca-Cola Company, a consumer food manufacturer, citing alleged copyright infringement.
John Sterling Ruth Studio LLC filed a complaint on March 10 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against The Coca-Cola Company, alleging that the consumer food manufacturer used the plaintiff's works without paying any royalties to the plaintiff.
According to the complaint, John Sterling Ruth Studio LLC alleges that it suffered damages as a result of its work being used publicly with being paid any royalties for it. The plaintiff holds The Coca-Cola Company responsible because the defendant allegedly used the plaintiff's works for its advertisement without the plaintiff's consent.
The plaintiff seeks damages in the amount of $136,512.67, statutory damages of up to $30,000 for each copyright infringement, statutory damages of up to $150,000 for each infringement committed willfully, court costs and any further relief the court grants. It is represented by Joshua A. Gildea of Fitzpartrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C. in Center Valley.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Case number 5:16-cv-01125-JFL