Starbucks, Others Can't Shake Debit Card Patent Suit

Law360, New York (November 1, 2010, 3:24 PM EDT) -- Starbucks Corp., Macy's Inc. and a host of other retailer defendants have failed to nix a lawsuit accusing them of deliberately infringing a patent that covers a method for processing debit transactions with a counter-top terminal.

Judge Fernando J. Gaitan Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri rejected the retailers' motions to dismiss Friday, ruling that patent-holding company Card Activation Technologies Inc. had included just enough detail in its complaint to explain its allegations.

In separate motions to dismiss, the retailers...
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