Dentons Conflict Ruling Should Give Megafirms Pause

By Andrew Strickler (July 8, 2015, 9:04 PM EDT) -- A U.S. International Trade Commission judge's decision to disqualify Dentons US LLP from representing an Ohio company in a patent suit against Gap Inc. should act as a warning for lawyers in growing megafirms looking to the structure of Swiss vereins as protection against ethical challenges, experts said.

The order from the ITC judge, which was sharply critical of the firm's simultaneous work for Gap Inc. in Canada and for an Ohio company suing the retailer in the U.S., could also have a chilling effect on firms hoping to present themselves as a unified business while keeping adverse legal representations separated....

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