I know very similar questions have been asked but couldn't find insight on a situation as similar to mine. A (very good) client that I don't want to drop wants me to mimic another website's layout and effects. It's a very specific and high end interface so if they saw it there would definitely be a connection. The fonts/colors/styling/content are all different and I'll be coding it from scratch (I won't even look at their code) so I'm not worried about the obvious copyright violations with those. I guess I'm wondering if website layouts/effects are vulnerable?
Trust me, I don't like doing it and have been constantly trying to steer them in another direction but they keep going back.
I'm also asking lawyers but I thought I'd also get insight from this community just for more different perspectives.