Adam.com, a provider of online medical and health information, today said
it has settled its lawsuit against Drkoop.com, a consumer health Web site
it had accused of improperly selling Adam's medical encyclopedia over the
Details of the settlement were not disclosed.
The resolution comes four months after Adam filed a lawsuit in U.S. District
Court in the Northern District of Georgia asking the court to terminate its
licensing agreement with Drkoop and to order that its information be pulled
from the site.
Atlanta-based Adam also sought a court order
barring Drkoop from reselling and packaging its information. Adam wanted an
unspecified amount in damages.
Drkoop, which is fronted by former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop,
subsequently voluntarily terminated the company's agreement with Adam.
At the time, Drkoop issued a statement saying only that it disagreed with
Today, Drkoop chief executive Donald Hackett said in a statement that both
companies have "made important strides in mending this relationship."
"We are pleased about putting this matter behind us," he said.
Under a licensing agreement between the two companies, Drkoop was allowed
to use Adam's proprietary encyclopedia but only on specific, agreed upon
Web sites, according to a previous report from Reuters.
Austin, Texas-based Drkoop, launched about a year ago, has partnerships
with other Web sites, health portals, and television and radio outlets.
Shortly after the licensing lawsuit was filed, Drkoop ran into other legal troubles, this time with
securities regulators. One director was charged with violating corporate
insider trading rules, while other executives were charged with breaching
federal security regulations that prohibit directors from selling company
stock within six months of purchasing shares, the company confirmed at the
The troubles, however, haven't seemed to cool Drkoop's aspirations.
Recently, the Web site announced plans to gain a wider audience for its medical news and
information by tapping into the international market.