'Patent Troll' Accused Of Suing FTC In Effort To Disrupt Work

Law360, New York (May 6, 2014, 7:18 PM EDT) -- The Federal Trade Commission on Monday urged a federal judge to throw out so-called patent troll MPHJ Technology Investments LLC's suit over the FTC's investigation into its allegedly deceptive demand letters, saying that allowing the suit would disrupt the agency's work.

MPHJ's suit, filed in January, claims the FTC's ongoing investigation interferes with its constitutional right to assert its patents and should be shut down by the court. But the FTC said in a filing that legal precedent prevents courts from halting an agency's enforcement action when challenges to the action can be addressed in the proceeding itself.

The case "vividly...

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