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FIRM SAYS S.L. COMPANY COPIED WORKSHOP

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A Florida company that gives workshops nationwide on using the Macintosh Computer has accused a Salt Lake company of copying its operation.

The U.S. District Court suit by Florida Marketing International Inc., Ormond Beach, Fla., is against Mark O. Haroldsen Inc., 1831 Fort Union Blvd., and Mark O. Haroldsen. A brochure by the Haroldsen operation describes him as publisher of the "Financial Freedom Report" magazine.Since 1988, more than 22,675 people representing in excess of 12,000 companies have taken Florida Marketing's courses about the computer, the suit says.

"Haroldsen contacted FMI approximately 14 months ago and requested permission to send some representatives of MOH (Mark O. Haroldsen) Inc. to a training course" conducted by the plaintiff, the suit says. Supposedly this was to acquire knowledge about the Macintosh Computer, it says.

"As a courtesy and based upon a prior working relationship, not related to the subject matter of this litigation, permission was granted . . . at no charge."

However, Florida Marketing recently learned Haroldsen and his company had copied the workshop and established "an identical format" in presenting such workshops, according to the suit. In fact, it charges, the Utah operation has offered workshops in the same cities as Florida Marketing, approximately two weeks in advance of Florida's workshops.