Va. Judge Forced Off IP Case Over Wife's Cisco, Oracle Stock

By Dani Kass (January 20, 2022, 5:51 PM EST) -- U.S. District Judge Liam O'Grady has stepped back from a decade-old suit accusing Cisco and Oracle of infringing a TecSec Inc. data encryption patent after finding out his wife has direct control of her stock holdings in the two tech giants.

The Eastern District of Virginia judge had thought his wife's Cisco Systems Inc. and Oracle Corp. stock was in a mutual fund, but in November he discovered they were in her brokerage account. His wife's self-directed fund disqualifies him from the case, the judge said Wednesday.

"Section B of [Section] 455 leaves the court with no option but to disqualify himself,...

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