New York, April 9, 2006 -- Justice Karen Smith of the Supreme Court of New York has temporarily restrained the New York bank accounts of the major Russian newspapers Argumenty i Fakty and Komsomolskaya Pravda in connection with a lawsuit brought against these newspapers and their representatives in New York for unpaid legal fees and expenses by the celebrated trial lawyer Julian Lowenfeld.
Lowenfeld's claim, which, together with interest, totals $682,995, is supported by a Federal judgment issued in the fall of 1999 against Argumenty i Fakty and Komsomolskaya Pravda for unpaid legal fees and expenses owed to Lowenfeld and incurred by him when he represented these newspapers in a copyright infringement action against the American Russian-language weekly Kurier. In that action, Lowenfeld obtained a judgment for $955,000 on behalf of the plaintiffs, and froze the bank account of the defendants in Gibraltar.
Justice Smith has ordered the defendants, who include, besides Argumenty i Fakty and Komsomolskaya Pravda, Argumenty i Fakty's offshore company Media Express Ltd. (Channel Islands), and American representative Effect Publishing, Inc, as well as the publisher of Komsomolskaya Pravda in America, Lorafco, Inc, to appear in court on April 12th, to show cause why the bank accounts and trademarks of AiF and KP should not be attached.
Lowenfeld is well known as a litigator for his expertise in the field of copyright law, particularly in defense of Russian copyrights. Besides the Kurier case, which was the first case of defending Russian publications' copyrights in the United States, Lowenfeld has defended the copyrights of Mosfilm and Lenfilm Studios, Soyuzmultfilm, and Films by Jove (including the beloved Russian cartoon character Cheburashka) against copyright infringement. Lowenfeld also took part in joint Russian American legal projects involving constitutional reform and legal education involving the Constituional Court of Russia.
In addition to his legal work, Lowenfeld is well known for his translations of Russian verse, including the poetry of Pushkin, Lermontov, Mayakovsky, Yesenin, Mandelshtam, Tsvetayeva and others. His translations of Pushkin entitled My Talisman, the only extant bilingual edition of Pushkin's lyrics, have been highly acclaimed.