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Dentons DQ Order Vacated, but Verein Conflicts Issues Remain

April 21, 2016, 4:00 AM

An order disqualifying Dentons US LLP as counsel for an Ohio corporation prosecuting patent infringement claims is gone—but the firm is now facing a malpractice suit from the company over the firm’s alleged conflict of interest (In re Certain Laser Abraded Denim Garments, USITC, 337-TA-930, notice issued 4/12/16).

The U.S. International Trade Commission April 12 vacated as moot an administrative law judge’s disqualification order after the parties settled and the commission terminated its investigation into whether retailers were violating the company’s patents by importing laser-abraded jeans.

Observers had hoped the ITC’s decision would clarify whether law firms operating ...