Compliance Education Institute Sues Dixon Hughes Goodman for Copyright Infringement

Compliance Education Institute has filed suit against Charlotte, N.C.-based Dixon Hughes Goodman (FY17 net revenue of $404 million) for copyright infringement of its Certified Regulatory Vendor Program Manager (CRVPM®) course.

As noted in the filing entered into Federal court in New York, Michael Blevins, a manager in the DHG Risk Practice, enrolled in the CRVPM course and became a Certified Regulatory Vendor Program Manager in Jan. 2015. DHG then published a four-part vendor management series on its DHG Views public website on March 1, 2015 where it remained for two years.

Chris Ricchiuto, partner in the risk practice, is shown as the author and a consolidated version of the four-part series was also posted on the public website of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Charlotte chapter. Both Blevins and Ricchiuto are shown as co-authors. The IIA is named as a co-defendant in the suit.

“It’s David vs Goliath,” says Mick Kless, CEO of Compliance Education Institute. “After many months of trying to resolve this issue with this 2,000 employee, top 20 audit firm without satisfactory result, I felt that it was best to file a complaint in court and post the complaint and the exhibits to our website. Let the legal system and jury of public opinion draw their own conclusion. View the evidence and you be the judge.”