JUNE 14TH, 2018 – CMG Vending of Union, New Jersey together with its Principals, Howard Preschel of Bergenfield, New Jersey and Laurence Preschel of New York City, New York have agreed to a five-figure settlement, to bring about a conclusion to the lawsuit filed in early 2017 in Federal Court-Southern District by the Amusement And Music Owners Association of New York, Inc.

According to AMOA-NY Special Counsel, Kristin Grant, “This was an action for copyright infringement under the United States Copyright Act of 1976, as amended, 17 U.S.C §101, et seq. (the “Copyright Act”), and for unjust enrichment. This action was triggered by CMG Vending’s and The Preschel’s unauthorized use of AMOA-NY’s copyright-protected proprietary agreements in furtherance of Defendants’ business dealings.”

Danny Frank, AMOA-NY Executive Director says that: “This litigation was always about ‘compliance’. This is the fourth occasion where AMOA-NY has filed litigation against parties who were violating AMOA-NY’s copyrighted ‘Installment & Security Agreement’. In this latest case, The Preschel’s have recognized the advantage of paying out a settlement so CMG Vending is able to use the AMOA-NY documents going forward. As part of this settlement, CMG and The Preschel’s have returned to AMOA-NY as members.

Mr. Frank indicates that any non-member parties who are discovered to be using AMOA-NY documents without authorization and making proper compensation will be sued to the fullest extent of the law. “This is only fair to AMOA-NY members who have paid dues to receive our organization’s benefits.”

The lawsuit against CMG and The Preschel’s had been filed after AMOA-NY uncovered two AMOA-NY ‘agreements’ in use, after their membership had expired.

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