Apple, Intel Have 'A Pleading Problem' Against Fortress

Law360 (June 18, 2020, 10:41 PM EDT) -- Apple and Intel may have to rejigger their lawsuit accusing Fortress Investment Group LLC of running an anti-competitive patent aggregation scheme after a California federal judge said in oral arguments Thursday that while their allegations seem conceptually sound, their market definition is lacking.

U.S. District Judge Edward M. Chen did not rule Thursday on Fortress' dismissal bid. But he did signal that the technology giants will have to do more than just accuse Fortress of anti-competitively accumulating power in a broadly-defined market covering high-tech electronics patents.

"I think it's a pleading problem," Judge Chen told an attorney for Fortress, A. Matthew...

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