Finnegan Dodges IP Malpractice Suit After High Court Ruling

Law360, New York (February 20, 2013, 5:19 PM EST) -- A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday abruptly tossed an eyeglasses company’s malpractice suit that accused Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP of simultaneously advising it and a rival on similar patent applications, in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Wednesday ruling in Gunn v. Minton.

In a brief order, U.S. District Judge Richard G. Stearns held that because the high court ruled that state malpractice claims based on patent concerns don’t raise enough federal issues to justify federal jurisdiction as opposed to a state’s, he...
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