Dentons DQ’d Over Verein Conflict In Gap Patent Case

Law360, New York (July 2, 2015, 6:54 PM EDT) -- A U.S. International Trade Commission judge took the “drastic remedy” of disqualifying Dentons US LLP from representing an Ohio company in a patent suit against Gap Inc., saying the Swiss verein structure of the firm did not prevent lawyers from breaching their duty of loyalty to Gap, a longtime client.

In a June 30 order granting Gap’s motion to disqualify Dentons, Chief Administrative Law Judge Charles Bullock sharply criticized the firm and Dentons patent litigation chair Mark Hogge for taking on RevoLaze LLC and a related entity as clients despite recognizing they had a conflict with Gap.

“Dentons owes Gap a...

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