Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc. decided to go to trial late last year after being sued by X-IT products of Virginia Beach, Va., because Kidde thought X-IT would never be able to prove its copyright claim that it had originated the package design Kidde was using for the fire-escape ladder it was selling. However, X-IT easily proved that Kidde stole it, in that the woman and boy pictured climbing down the ladder in Kidde's design were actually the sister-in-law and nephew of X-IT founder Aldo DiBelardino. (A jury awarded X-IT $116 million.) [WTOP Radio-AP, 12-18-01]
Am I the only person in the world who thinks it should be illegal for companies to flat-out lie?
I mean, on *top* of the copyright violation - "You knowingly lied. Pay the government x% of your net worth." Where x is 2 to 10, I'd say.