The ICC Evaluation Service, which tests building materials to ensure they are code-compliant, has sued the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAMPO), alleging copyright violations of its evaluation reports. ICC-ES claims IAPMO has "extensively and repeatedly" copied ICC-ES reports and acceptance criteria, and has now taken its charges to a federal district court in Washington, D.C. ICC-ES says IAPMO incorporated the copyrighted material in its competing reports and has asked the court to order a stop to continued distribution and promotion of the contested material. IAPMO disputes the claims. CEO Russ Chaney said in a news release the claims are unwarranted, and that IAPMO stands by its process, its reports, and its "rightful position in the marketplace." Chaney said IAPMO had made efforts over the last several months to address ICC-ES's concerns and had even reissued some of the reports. He called the lawsuit unnecessary, adding that IAPMO expects to be fully vindicated in court. Read More