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Haynes & Boone Must Again Face Fraud, Negligence Suit on Appeal

Aug. 16, 2022, 8:29 PM

Haynes & Boone LLP must again face fraud and negligence claims over patent work after a Texas appeals court found the firm hadn’t shown it was immune under recent guidance by the state’s high court.

Attorney Arthur Howard and his firm, Haynes & Boone, represented TEFKAB Footwear LLC, which later sold its rights in women’s sandals designed by Bernard Rudofsky to NFTD LLC. NFTD sold the Bernardo-branded assets to a company called JPT Group LLC.

JPT then discovered five of the patents included in the sale were invalid, and sued NFTD for breaching their asset-purchase agreement. NFTD asserted third-party claims ...