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Federal judge dismisses suit against Arquitectonica

 

mbrannigan@MiamiHerald.com

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against Arquitectonica International Corp. and the developers of Regalia condominium “with prejudice,” meaning it cannot be refiled.

Miami-based Sieger Suarez Architectural Partnership in May 2013 filed the suit in federal court in Miami, alleging copyright infringement and related copyright violations and seeking damages in excess of $70 million, the estimated profits on unit sales.

In a 30-page order dismissing the case, U.S. District Judge James Lawrence King found no “substantial similarity’’ in Arquitectonica’s plans and those done earlier by Sieger Suarez.

The suit alleged Miami-based Arquitectonica used copyrighted drawings for the luxury condo project at 19505 Collins Ave. in Sunny Isles Beach.

Sieger Suarez had been hired in 2000 by prior developers of the Regalia project, but the project stalled. Sieger Suarez said in 2012, after the project finally went forward, it saw the alleged copyright violations.

An attorney for Arquitectonica declined to comment. Neither Sieger Suarez nor its attorney could immediately be reached for comment.

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