Legislation has always been big in the States, but in New York restaurateurs are now fighting to stamp out dish plagiarism.
The owner of West Village Pearl Oyster Bar, Rebecca Charles, is taking her Sous Chef, Ed McFarland, to court for "copying each and every element" of Pearl when he opened his own restaurant – Ed's Lobster Bar in SoHo.
Charles told the New York Times, "My restaurant is a personal refl ection of me, my experience, my family. That restaurant is me."
McFarland replied, "I would say it's a similar restaurant.
I would not say it's a copy."