Malpractice Issue Poses Quandary For Qualcomm

Law360, New York (January 10, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Qualcomm Inc. may risk revealing confidential information and hurting itself in pending patent litigation if it decides to file malpractice claims against its attorneys to recoup part of an $8.6 million sanction against the company, legal ethics experts said on Thursday.

Magistrate Judge Barbara Major of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California earlier this week imposed the sanction and referred six of Qualcomm's attorneys to the State Bar of California for allegedly withholding evidence during discovery in a patent infringement case against...
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