Vinson & Elkins Won't Be Booted From Galderma IP Suit

Law360, New York (February 22, 2013, 7:29 PM EST) -- A Texas federal judge on Thursday refused to disqualify Vinson & Elkins LLP from representing generic-drug maker Actavis Mid Atlantic LLC in a patent fight with dermatological giant Galderma SA, finding Galderma agreed to let its old firm represent clients that opposed it.

U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade held that when Galderma retained Vinson in 2003, Galderma’s general counsel signed an engagement letter warning that the firm's consent meant Vinson might appear opposite of Galderma in litigation. The judge rejected the drugmaker's claims that it was...
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