A North Carolina production builder has been slapped with a lawsuit by a design firm that claims the company used its stock plans without compensation. In a lawsuit filed in federal court, the Tennessee-based company Sullivan and Associates contended that Eastwood Homes, of Charlotte, bought basic design plans but failed to purchase the licenses it needed to use them commercially. “Some builders are just ignorant, but most of them are trying to cut a corner and get something for nothing,” the plaintiff’s lawyer told the Charleston, S.C., Post and Courier. An Eastwood Homes representative sees it differently. “We didn’t take any plans and we didn’t copy any plans,” he said. “We disagree with that accusation.”
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