Vt. AG Drops Bid To Get 'Patent Troll' Threats Barred

Law360, New York (March 10, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT) -- Vermont's attorney general said Friday that he planned to drop a request for an injunction that would bar a so-called patent troll from threatening to sue businesses in the state, after a judge said the request may be preempted by federal patent law.

Attorney General Bill Sorrell moved to amend the complaint in a suit he filed in May alleging that MPHJ Technology Investments LLC violated state consumer protection laws by accusing small businesses in the state of infringing document-scanning patents without doing proper due diligence or actually intending to file suit.

In addition to seeking civil penalties and restitution of...

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