Neb. AG Can't Put Brakes On 'Patent Troll,' Judge Says

Law360, New York (January 15, 2014, 8:18 PM EST) -- A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning cannot prevent the law firm Farney Daniels PC from representing a company Bruning has branded a patent troll during an investigation into the company's operations.

U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon granted MPHJ Technology Investments LLC a preliminary injunction that prevents Bruning from enforcing a cease-and-desist order issued in July.

The letter barred Farney Daniels from sending licensing demand letters to Nebraska businesses on behalf of MPHJ, while Bruning investigates whether the letters included false statements that violated state consumer protection laws.

The judge ruled that MPHJ, which argues that...

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