Tech Giants Ask Fed. Circ. To Reverse Joinder Ruling

Law360, Los Angeles (September 14, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT) -- Microsoft Corp., Oracle Corp. and others urged the Federal Circuit on Wednesday to overturn a Texas district court's joinder decision thwarting EMC Corp. from changing venues in a sweeping patent infringement suit over data storage devices.

In an amicus brief, the tech giants said Oasis Research LLC is abusing joinder rules by naming several unrelated defendants in its patent suit, a strategic move that coerces defendants to settle the litigation and makes it more challenging for each of the alleged infringers to present individual defenses or...
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