SmartMetric To Take Mastercard Fee Dispute To Fed. Circ.

By Vin Gurrieri (May 8, 2015, 4:51 PM EDT) -- SmartMetric Inc. said Thursday that it would appeal to the Federal Circuit a California judge's determination that he had jurisdiction to rule on MasterCard International Inc. and Visa Inc.'s request for $2.7 million in attorneys' fees after they beat SmartMetric $13 billion suit over a network technology patent, a request that was ultimately denied.

In a March order denying the card companies' renewed motion for attorneys' fees, U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald held that while some of SmartMetric's positions were exceptionally weak and potentially frivolous, he didn't believe the litigation was undertaken in bad faith and that the dispute wasn't...

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