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The Boston termpaper industry, which has been reeling under a series of legal attacks for the past week, all but died Thursday when Suffolk Superior Court Judge Harry Klaus ordered six local companies to stop selling termpapers.
The order is effective pending a decision on a lawsuit filed last week by Boston University on behalf of seven area colleges, including Harvard.
The suit, which contends that termpaper firms defraud students who do their own work, asks for the permanent dissolution of the six companies.
Klaus's decision came only one day after he directed the six firms to turn over all their files to B.U. At least one firm Champion Research plans to comply with Klaus's order.
Daniel Steiner '54, general counsel to the University, said Thursday that he had not yet decided whether to ask B.U. for copies of the records.
On the same day Klaus ordered the companies to give up their files, the U.S. Attorney's Office obtained a temporary restraining order which prohibits four local companies from receiving any incoming mail.
The order is effective pending action by the U.S. Postal Service, which is currently seeking a permanent mail-stop order against the four firms.
The Postal Service charged on October 17 that the firms misrepresented their services in newspaper advertisements. A U.S. "Postal Examiner will hold a hearing on the Service's complaint in the near future.
The companies affected by the recent court actions are International Termpapers, Termpapers Unlimited, Ward Warren Manuscripts, Quality Bullshit, Champion Research, and Termpapers Anonymous, now known as Academic Research Institute.
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