Judge Refuses To Step Off Microsoft Anti-Piracy Case

Law360, New York (June 18, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A judge presiding over a digital security provider’s $525 million patent infringement suit against Microsoft Corp. has refused to withdraw from the case because he hired an unpaid judicial intern with ties to the software giant.

Uniloc USA Inc. had urged Judge William E. Smith of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island to recuse himself from the anti-piracy technology dispute after employing an intern who had received some research funding and royalties from the Redmond, Wash.-based software company.

But Smith, who has...
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