Lear Loses Bid To Shut Attys Out Of Garage Door Suit

Law360, New York (April 1, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has rejected Lear Corp.'s bid to disqualify Butzel Long PC from appearing as co-counsel for defendant Johnson Controls Inc. in a garage door opener encryption patent case that has been pending since 2004, finding that the law firm didn't drop Lear "like a 'hot potato'" to represent JCI.

Lear asked for the disqualification in June 2005 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan because, it said, Lear and rival JCI were current clients of the firm when the patent...
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