Cost rises to $350,000 in AtPac lawsuit against Nevada County

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The Nevada County Board of Supervisors has approved an additional $100,000 for legal representation in a lawsuit filed by Auburn technology firm AtPac, Inc. in February 2010. The funds, approved on March 8, bring the county’s outlay to $350,000 in the case. Supervisors increased the amount from $100,000 to $150,000 in December and added an additional $100,000 in January. Cypress LLP, a Los Angeles-based law firm specializing in the technology and entertainment industries, is representing the county, Florida-based Aptitude Solutions, Inc. and Gregory A. Diaz, Nevada County clerk-recorder. In a March 2 agenda item from county Counsel Michael Jamison to the Board of Supervisors requesting the additional funding, Jamison noted that legal costs have reached $305,000 in the AtPac v. Aptitude Solutions lawsuit. The suit claims that Nevada County and Aptitude “Accessed, copied and used AtPac’s trade secret information and copyrighted software, and that the county provided Aptitude with “direct and unfettered access to AtPac’s software and source codes.” The case, which is being heard in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, is asking for damages, restitution, punitive damages, attorney fees and a jury trial. In the most recent action, the court agreed on March 4 to seal exhibits in support of AtPac’s motion for sanctions, according to court documents. AtPac, located at the Auburn Airport Business Park, provides imaging, records management and data entry services for more than a dozen California counties, including Placer, according to its website. A call to Jamison wasnot returned.