Perkins Coie DQ'd From Patent Dispute For Client Conflict

Law360, New York (December 19, 2012, 7:26 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday disqualified Perkins Coie LLP from representing Open Text Corp. and its subsidiaries in patent infringement litigation brought by j2 Global Communications Inc. because of the firm's interactions with an attorney who previously counseled j2.

U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson said Perkins Coie presumably obtained confidential information about j2 by collaborating with Clyde Findley, a Crowell & Moring LLP attorney who served as an adviser to Open Text and previously represented j2 while at Kenyon & Kenyon LLP. None of...
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