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Willfulness Claims Remain In Suit Over Yahoo Ads

Law360 (September 19, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge has refused to dismiss willful infringement claims that patent-holding company Function Media LLC asserted against Yahoo Inc. over its online advertising programs.

Yahoo moved to dismiss the claims last September, arguing that Function had not met the heightened pleading standard for willfulness required by the Supreme Court's decision in Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly.

Judge Charles Everingham IV, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, ruled Thursday that Function does not need to meet a heightened standard, citing the...
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