SAS Loses Bid To Toss Akin Gump From Patent Fight

Law360, New York (November 30, 2010, 5:52 PM EST) -- A federal judge has lifted a discovery stay and denied SAS Institute Inc.'s bid to disqualify Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as counsel for plaintiff JuxtaComm-Texas Software LLC in an infringement suit over a patent for manipulating and exchanging data between computer systems.

In Monday's memorandum opinion and order, Judge Leonard Davis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas lifted the stay of discovery relating to SAS and its subsidiary DataFlux Corp. and ruled that Akin Gump partner Michael Kiklis'...
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