Avon Bid To Sink Online Sales Suit Premature: Judge

Law360, New York (April 14, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT) -- A federal judge has declined to hand Avon Products Inc. an early win in Soverain Software LLC's online sales patent case against it and other retailers, ruling that the Chicago-based, e-commerce software sector plaintiff adequately pled its direct infringement claims against the beauty products company.

Judge Leonard Davis' two-page ruling, issued Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, turned aside Avon's argument that, because it does not direct or control all infringing elements asserted in Soverain's complaint, it cannot infringe Soverain's...
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