How Firms Can Avoid Conflicts Involving Corporate Affiliates

Law360 (March 1, 2019, 10:09 PM EST) -- A recent Federal Circuit decision disqualifying Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP in a patent case due to conflicts involving affiliates of a client shows how firms can get tripped up by tangled corporate relationships. Here are some suggestions from experts on how to mitigate the risks.

The appeals court last month granted Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc.'s motion to disqualify Katten from representing Mylan Inc. in cases over generic versions of Valeant drugs because the firm has long represented a different Valeant unit, Bausch & Lomb Inc., in trademark matters.

The conflict arose when Katten last year hired two attorneys from Alston &...

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