The New Jersey-based memorabilia company Beatles Autographs, who focuses on authenticating, buying and selling Beatles items, was sued by American Royal Arts in Florida. Royal Arts reportedly alleges that a signed version of the “Revolver” album was forged. The article indicates that Royal Arts was selling the copy of the album to a buyer, when the buyer’s independent investigation found that that signatures were not authentic.
While the trial court held that it had jurisdiction to entertain the suit, the Fourth District Court of Appeals reversed in holding that it did not, as the company did less than 5% of sales in Florida. The Appeal Opinion also stated that “However, it should be noted and underscored that ‘the mere existence of a website does not show that a defendant is directing its business activities towards every forum where the website is visible.’” Read the article here.