Financial guru Wade Cook was awarded $655,900 Wednesday by federal court jurors who found a rival self-improvement lecturer plagiarized two of Cook's catch phrases.
Cook, of Tukwila, claimed Anthony Robbins had stolen two financial concepts that were described by the catch phrases "meter drop" and "rolling stocks."The jury awarded the money to Cook after three hours of deliberation in U.S. District Judge Jack Tanner's court.
The jury declared Robbins, a San Diego-based motivational expert, illegally copied the concepts and copyright phrases from Cook's best-selling book, "Wall Street Money Machine," and used them in his own financial seminar workbook, "Financial Power."
Sam Georges, chief operating officer of the Anthony Robbins Companies, said Robbins would appeal the verdict.