Developer Capital Group hired the Dutch architect to design three towers for a Moscow development, then, according to the court, passed the designs over to Seattle-based NBBJ Architects without his permission.
Van Egeraat told the the Moscow Times: ’What matters is not the money. The main point is the infringement of copyright.’
Capital Group had claimed that van Egeraat was not paid because his designs had failed to meet the required standards, the court heard.
Although NBBJ Architect's marketing director, Bruce Faris, admitted that his firm’s designs had similarities with van Egeraat’s work, he claimed NBBJ ‘did not copy van Egeraat's work per se’.