Alston To Remain As Counsel In Gift Card Patent Spat

Law360, New York (May 19, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has denied Blackhawk Network Inc.’s bid to disqualify Alston & Bird LLP from representing plaintiff e2Interactive Inc. in a patent infringement suit over technology for processing gift cards.

Judge Stephen Crocker of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin ruled Monday that Alston’s representation of a coalition involved with Blackhawk was not enough to kick the firm off the case.

Attorneys for Blackhawk declined to comment on the ruling, while a representative for the plaintiff could not immediately be reached...
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