Nevada Federal Credit Union, the $677 million institution based in Las Vegas, has been accused by Minnesota-based ChartHouse International–owner of the “FISH!” series of motivational books and films–of making bootleg copies of FISH! DVDs and selling them online.
The suit was filed in Minnesota on July 25.
In a statement, Nevada Federal Senior Vice President Greg Barnes said, “We are aware of the lawsuit. We adamantly deny the accusations and have retained appropriate legal counsel for our defense. Nevada Federal does not, has not, nor ever will knowingly violate trademark or copyright laws, period.”
In an email, ChartHouse general counsel Michael Schechter wrote, “We are having discussions with Nevada Federal Credit Union and, at this time, I don’t know that there’s a story for you. I will know in the next three or four weeks, if you want to check back in.” He declined to elaborate.
The filing however offered details, naming a Nevada Federal employee who ChartHouse alleged “directs the operations relevant to this complaint on behalf of NFCU,” namely, the unauthorized resale of bootleg copies of FISH! materials.
No trial date has been set.