Fulbright DQ Bid Tests Waters For Verein Conflict Claims

By Andrew Strickler (October 1, 2014, 9:02 PM EDT) -- A novel attempt to disqualify Fulbright & Jaworski from a trademark case over John Wayne-branded whiskey for alleged conflicts arising from its combination with Norton Rose may be the first in a new wave of challenges mining the inner workings of Swiss verein megafirms like Norton Rose Fulbright, experts told Law360.

While the trademark dispute over the would-be marketers of John "The Duke" Wayne-branded whiskey and Duke University won't be the vehicle — a California judge this week tossed the case on jurisdictional grounds — many of the issues raised about client information-sharing and potential conflicts within massive verein-style firms will...

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